Brian G. Sloan

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Brian G. Sloan
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Board member, Hall County Board of Education, Post 2
Incumbent
Term ends
November 2014
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionJuly 22, 2014
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sNorth Georgia University
Personal
ProfessionPastor
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Brian G. Sloan campaign logo
Brian G. Sloan is a Republican who currently represents Post 2 on the Hall County Board of Education in Georgia. He was first elected to the board in 2006. Sloan advanced from a primary election on May 20, 2014, and defeated challenger Mark Pettitt in a runoff election on July 22, 2014. He is unopposed in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Biography

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Sloan earned a B.S. in K-12 education from North Georgia University in 1983. He has been the pastor of Chestnut Mountain Church since 1999. Sloan and his wife, Annette, have three children.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: Hall County Schools elections (2014)

Opposition

Brian G. Sloan ran against Traci McBride and Mark Pettitt in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014. Sloan and Pettitt advanced to the July 22, 2014, runoff election, where Sloan defeated Pettitt. Sloan is running unopposed in the general election as there is no Democratic candidate.

Results

General

This election is scheduled for November 4, 2014.

Runoff primary
Hall County Schools, Post 2 Republican Primary Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian G. Sloan Incumbent 50.5% 5,283
     Republican Mark Pettitt 49.5% 5,184
Total Votes 10,467
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "General Primary Runoff and General Nonpartisan Election Runoff: Official County Results," September 9, 2014
Primary
Hall County Schools, Post 2 Republican Primary, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian G. Sloan Incumbent 50% 5,475
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Pettitt 25% 2,742
     Republican Traci McBride 25% 2,735
Total Votes 10,952
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "UNOFFICIAL COUNTY RESULTS," May 20, 2014 These results are unofficial.

Funding

Sloan reported $8,527.55 in contributions and $3,399.16 in expenditures to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, leaving his campaign with $5,128.39 on hand prior to the primary election.[2]

Endorsements

Sloan was endorsed by Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle on February 7, 2014.[3]

Campaign themes

2014

Sloan's campaign website explained his themes for the 2014 race:

Why School Choice Is So Important to Brian

One of the things that I have been passionate about for quite a while is offering more choices to families regarding their schools.

On a personal note, with our first child, Brandon, the school system would allow a child to go to a school out of his/her attendance zone IF there were space in that school and the Principal accepted them. So, Brandon was actually invited to go to a school outside of our attendance zone (Spout Springs) and we let him go – totally legal and legit.

Then, when our daughter, Caitlin, began school she enrolled in Spout Springs also, out of our attendance zone again, but we still had approval. So, both of our children were settled and happy at Spout Springs.

However, here’s where it got tough for our children. When the School District started growing so fast and schools started filling up and having space issues, the board at that time made a ruling that students must attend the school in their attendance zone. Well, Brandon and Caitlin were ruled to be “grandfathered” into Spout Springs Elementary School in which they had been attending. However, enter our third child, Karis. Even though we had two children settled into an elementary school in which they were comfortable, the school board would not allow Karis to enroll in the school in which her brother and sister were attending. I was furious. That wasn’t the reason I ran for office, but I knew how I felt about school choice.

Being a board member myself now, I know the position that the district was in at that time and, in general, I understand why they had to confine students to attendance zones. However, I still think it wasn’t family friendly not to allow my third child to go to school with her siblings. Actually, I think it was wrong.

Well, by that time we had moved into our home in the Chestnut Mountain area, so our choices were to let Brandon and Caitlin stay at Spout Springs and let Karis go to Chestnut Mountain by herself or move them all into Chestnut Mountain School. Well, obviously we weren’t going to separate our children so we moved all three to Chestnut Mountain Elementary School. And although Brandon and Caitlin were tentative about the move, it worked out well as the Principal at that time, Susan Bagwell, and her great staff made my children feel welcome and, of course Chestnut Mountain was and certainly still is a great school.

It wasn’t about one school being good and the other being bad. It was about a family having to move their children out of a school in which they were comfortable because of attendance zone lines. So, that is one personal reason I am so passionate about school choice for families. But now my reasoning is so much deeper than personal experience. The strictness of the district’s attendance zone policy proved to be a burden to many other families. So, our board set out to solve the problem as well as we could.

Since that time I’m so very proud of what this Board, this Superintendent, and this great staff of teachers have done to go from virtually no school choice to 11 Charter schools and 12 other Schools of choice in just a very few years.

Now, a child who has more of an interest in technology may want to attend the Martin Academy of Technology, or an artistic child may choose the McEver Arts academy, or maybe a family might choose the Mount Vernon Exploratory School or many other schools of choice or Charter Schools in our District – providing that each of these have space availability.

When many didn’t think this Board of Education would ever allow school choice, we have done so…in a huge way. Now we are about to operate with Full District Choice as long as there is availability in the school you choose.

School Choice is something that I will continue to stand for and I would appreciate you helping me stand for it on May 20.

The True Numbers Are Out – Hall Board of Education Cut Taxes

On Friday, March 7, at the Hall County Board of Education yearly retreat the Board was given an overview of the budget numbers, millage rates, and taxes levied since FY 2009. Superintendent Will Schofield went through the real numbers concerning taxes levied on Hall County taxpayers in years FY 2009 as compared to FY 2014.

Many times it is much easier to understand how your Federal and State taxes are figured. However, considering property tax formulas involving budgets, local tax digest, and assessed values that fluctuate is quite a different story altogether. The challengers are not looking at the correct numbers. Also, as a reminder, The Board of Education does not set assessed property values. That is the job of the Board of Tax Assessors.

Here are the actual numbers presented in an open session last night:

  • In 2009 the Board of Education levied $80,862,228 in local taxes.
  • In 2014, the total amount levied is $77,010,562 in local taxes.

The Hall County Board of Education has cut taxes from the 2009 mark by 3.8 million dollars.

We feel like this is something that voters should know. Through one of the most difficult financial periods since the great depression, this board has led a School District to thrive while substantially cutting taxes in Hall County.[4]

—Brian G. Sloan's campaign website, (2014), [5]

About the district

See also: Hall County Public Schools, Georgia
Hall County Schools is located in Hall County, Georgia
Hall County Schools is located in Hall County, Georgia. The county seat of Hall County is Gainesville, Georgia. Hall County is home to 187,745 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[6] Hall County Schools was the 15th-largest school district in Georgia, serving 26,261 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[7]

Demographics

Hall County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 22.1 percent of Hall County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 27.8 percent for Georgia as a whole. The median household income in Hall County was $52,174 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Hall County was 16.8 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Hall County (%) Georgia (%)
White 87.5 62.8
Black or African American 8.0 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 0.5
Asian 2.0 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 1.4 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 26.9 9.2

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[8]

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