A letter from Jim

Dear Voter,

District 5, and all of Wake County needs a School Board that is experienced, understands education, knows how to effectively govern, is fiscally responsible and committed to excellent public education for all students.

I bring extensive educational experience, having taught students of all levels at NC State for seventeen years. I have served in multiple elected leadership positions in faculty governance. My leadership and educational experience will be invaluable to ensure we effectively educate our students, equip excellent teachers and administrators, and effectively obtain and responsibly utilize resources.

I want to hear from and work with you. Together we will develop solutions that make a great public school system even better. Investing in the education of our youth will give Wake County, our State and Nation a bright future.

I look forward to representing you on the Wake County School Board. I ask for your support and VOTE on October 11, 2011.


Jim Martin

Experienced, Accessible Leader

Jim Martin’s goals as a Wake County School Board member will be to exercise good governance and fiscal responsibility to bring high quality education to all students in the public schools.

  • As a board member he will not “subordinate the education of children and youth to any partisan principle,” but will respect the differential authority for governance by the Board, and administration by the Superintendent and Staff (Board Policy 1000, 1005).  
  • He will continue as a strong advocate for comprehensive education, which includes the arts, humanities, languages and sciences.  And, understanding the limitations of standardized testing, will push for consideration of “multiple intelligences” when assessing students and teachers. From personal and professional experience, Jim also understands and will continue to stress the importance of both academic and vocational/technical education. 
  • He will “seek to obtain funds for the operational support, maintenance, improvement, and extension of the school system,” (Board Policy 1000) finding creative ways to utilize them to maximize the educational impact for all students.
  • And, from his perspective as a teacher, he will also recognize that time is an invaluable resource. Responsible management of this resource will include efforts to limit bureaucracy to afford teachers the time they need for instruction and professional development.     

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