William Black

Seeking Election · Lexington District 3 School Board · Febuary 13, 2018

Introduction

Who Is William Black

January, 26 2018

My name Is William Black and I am running in the special election for Lexington District Three School Board of trustees. I am a lifelong resident of Batesburg-Leesville, a Graduate of Batesburg-Leesville High School class of 2007, and Clemson University class of 2011.

From elementary through college, my family’s roots run deep through the educational system. Both my grandparents and parents were teachers. My late father served as the assistant superintendent for Lexington School District Three and my mother served two terms on the Lexington Three School Board. I have two sisters that are deeply passionate about enlightening the minds of our youth and are currently teaching. While teaching wasn’t my calling, I think I could provide some innovative insight and leadership to provide the best educational opportunity for each and every student in our community.

After college I worked with several different printing companies with multiple job titles managing many single projects in excess of 1 million dollars. I have worked with companies with less than ten employees to large corporations with thousands of employees. I have always enjoyed problem solving, and both environments have provided their challenges as well as their achievements. Four years ago I decided to venture into the agribusiness segment. I own and operate a poultry breeder complex within the Batesburg community. This endeavor and my previous careers have provided many valuable opportunities that I feel have prepared me for the challenges I expect to face as a member of the board of Lexington School District Three.

I believe I can offer a fresh and innovative mindset as a member of the Lexington District Three School Board. In a town where change is often difficult I can offer contemporary ideas, problem solving, and creativity to improve the quality of education for all students. My perspective will advance our schools with curriculum and programs to better prepare our students for the future.

Please consider me when voting on February 13, 2018. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I need your vote!

Thanks!


Will Black

Media Requests

The Twin City News

2-1-2018

QUESTIONNAIRE

1. Why are you running for a seat on Lexington District Three Board of Trustees?

 I would like to represent and dedicate my time to my district and hometown. I have always enjoyed giving back to other people, and this is one way I feel I can give back to my hometown.

2.What qualifications do you have that you think will benefit this position?

I believe I can offer a fresh and innovative mindset as a member of the Lexington School District 3 School Board. In a town where change is often difficult I can offer a contemporary thought process, problem solving, and creativity to improve the quality of education for all students. My perspective will assist with moving forward and making improvements needed for our schools to grow and change with the future.

3. What do you feel are the three largest issues facing the District at this time?

  1. Maximizing resources with a budget friendly mindset
  2. Working environment for teachers (class size, discipline, and bullying).
  3. Emphasis on vocational, apprentice and college prep curriculum

 4. How do you feel would be the best way to approach these obstacles?

  1. We have a wide variety of resources in the surrounding areas that our district cannot currently access. I would like to give the children and young adults of our community the absolute best chance to succeed. I believe sharing resources with other districts would be a great way to achieve this.
  2. The working environment for our teachers should always be a first priority. This is included, but not limited to decreasing class sizes, working on discipline, bullying and providing support for classroom teachers.
  3. I believe a larger emphasis needs to be put on preparing our young adults for the future. A stronger vocational / apprenticeship program, with hands on learning, would benefit those who are not interested in pursuing higher education. With that being said, we shouldn’t lose sight of the college prep curriculum. It is our responsibility to provide every student with the unique opportunities they deserve.

5. Do you feel the House made the right decision to override Gov. McMasters' veto in order to use lottery money to purchase new buses. Why or why not?

The S.C. Education Lottery was established to provide funding and other resources for public education. We have a failing transportation system that is unsafe and unreliable for our students to depend on. For many this is their only means of transportation to and from school. Using this funding to update the bus fleet is the most immediate solution to this aging problem.

6. Executive sessions at school board meetings often last two or more hours. What is your opinion on these very long private discussions?

I think school board meetings should provide the community an opportunity for discussion. However, there are some issues that simply cannot be publicly discussed due to the legal or sensitive nature of the matter. Given the nature of these discussions I would expect the board members to thoroughly discuss and review these matters.To limit them to a time frame could have negative implications.

7. Please list briefly your current personal information: Age, job, organizations you belong to, family and any other info you feel is pertinent.

I am currently 28 years old and have lived in the community my entire life. After graduation from Batesburg Leesville High in 2007, I graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Communications in 2011. I worked as a print specialist in Georgia for a small company before working in Columbia for a large cooperation. I currently own and manage a poultry breeder complex on the family farm in Batesburg. I have two sisters that are currently teaching, but my roots to the education system go to back to my grandmother who started teaching in the 1920’s. My grandfather also taught agriculture while raising cattle. My late father was a teacher before he served as the Assistant Superintendent for Lexington School District 3. My mother has taught, was a professor, and a school administrator. She served two terms on the Lexington School District 3 board. I am an active member of Wittenberg Lutheran Church. It would be my pleasure to serve this district to the best of my ability.



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