District 2 Candidates Promise New Direction for Manatee Schools

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Oct 9, 2012 No Comments ›› vote7267

MANATEE — Events in the last month have changed the race for the District 2 school board seat.

Candidates Robert Moates and Dave Miner, at an election forum Wednesday hosted by the Bradenton Herald, said they understand the task ahead — resolving a $3.5 million deficit in the 2012-13 budget and appointing a new superintendent to replace Tim McGonegal who resigned….

… ”My experience gives me both the perspective and the frontline knowledge on how to reform our education,” Moates said. “This job, going forward, is about our students.”

Moates, who has taught at Lakewood Ranch High School for the past decade and is a native of Manatee County, says his perspective as an educator is crucial for a board that needs to make better choices on how to spend money. He said he hopes to move past a “static” and “one-size-fits-all” education and reshape curriculum so that technology can be used as a tool to drive education.

He wants public documents to be put online in a searchable manner and believes in zero-based budgeting, requiring budgets to be built from scratch each year, not based on the prior year.


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