Photo above, left to right:  Ellsworth Tolliver, John Queen, Steven Atkinson and Brian Williams.  Missing Joe Goetz.

The above photo shows John Queen expressing his unique take on how he would approach the job of sitting on the Kent County Board of Education.  All four candidates were given adequate time to tell us their approach and their history which shows why they have interest in running for the BOE.  Bryan Williams, a two time incumbent of the BOE, gave us a taste of his actual years of experience in the way he now clearly understands the mandated rules of the operation of the BOE and how it is limited and constrained to stay within the guidelines.  The other three candidates along with a letter from Joe Goezt explaining his absence, and also why he would like the opportunity to be on the BOE  had time to give what could be called their hopeful views of how they might help Kent County Schools to succeed with student and the budget.

Steve Atkinson has had a long time commitment to Kent County schools and activities.  He stressed the importance of good schools in the overall plan to improve our economic development.  John Queen comes at the problems from his long time work with the children and their families in our County.  Through his major role in the HOYAS and in other noteworthy similar positions, he has obvious compassion for the well-being of children.  He puts his distinctive and personal touch on how he’d like to see change for the better in the schools while not tearing them apart in the process.  Admittedly, it is a delicate line between criticism and activism which he negotiates with what appears to be a high degree of success on occasion.  Ellsworth Tolliver comes to the candidacy with years of professional education experience and a loyalty to our school system having  graduated KHS in 1973.  He delivered his message with a calm and experienced tone of sureness and compassion.  Bryan Williams, the incumbent, told us what the BOE faces in terms of limitations, burdens, and rules.  He seemed willing to think a bit outside the box in terms of fundraising for schools and might welcome some new ideas to the Board.  The realities of the job seem to greatly tone down the hopes and aspirations of those who go from candidate to elected officials.   Of course, this is broadly the case, not just for Board of Education people.

Kent CBG wishes all the candidates good luck, thanks them for caring about the children and their schools, and for sharing their time with us.  We’ll see how the election goes.



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