“I’m very humbled that the voters would give me an opportunity to serve them in this fashion. I’m just humbled and overwhelmed by the responsibility that they’ve given me,” Broun said. “I’m going to work hard to continue to make Chapel Hill-Carrboro the best district in the state.”
Recent issues board members and candidates have discussed are allocating funds for renovation of older buildings and retaining teachers and administrators.
Incumbents Barrett and Broun both said one of their immediate priorities was to come up with a solution for renovating school district buildings.
“The first thing is to figure out what we’re going to do to renovate our older buildings," Barrett said. "Voters approved bond money last year, but construction costs are coming in extremely high, and we need to figure out a solution for that."
Wolf prioritizes retaining quality teachers and administrators.
“Our district has worked really hard to stay ahead of the curve, I think, in terms of teacher pay. I think we have to continue doing that,” Wolf said. “We want them to feel like they have the resources and opportunities to meet the needs of each kid, but also opportunities to learn and grow as teachers and also to plan and I think that’s a really important aspect of our work going forward.”
This will be Wolf’s first term on the board, and she said she is excited to get started. Wolf said she feels she has the necessary experience to adjust to the new position since she's been involved with education and policy for 20 years.
“I’m really interested in being a part of the board but also acknowledge that there will be a learning experience because it’s a different role than I’ve played before," she said. "I think a lot of what I’ve done in my experience will only support this."
Fowler’s experience on the Special Needs Advisory Council, comprised of a group of parents and community officials, led to her decision to run for a seat on the school board. She said she feels prepared to work on the board.
"I feel like we made a lot of progress, but you know there were some areas where we weren’t getting a lot of traction, which was part of my goal for running for school board,” Fowler said. “Hopefully, they’ll have a greater voice on the school board in order to make things happen for students with disabilities.”