Chris Meek (North Carolina)

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Chris Meek
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Candidate for
Board member, New Hanover County Board of Education, At-large
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Stony Brook
Master'sUniversity of Stony Brook
Campaign website
Chris Meek is a Democratic candidate for an at-large seat on the New Hanover County Board of Education in North Carolina. He will compete with fellow Democratic candidates Tom Gale and Emma Saunders as well as four Republican candidates in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Meek earned a B.A. in political science and a M.A. in history from the University of Stony Brook. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in leadership in school administration from Capella University. Meek has been a teacher at district schools since 2001. He and his wife, Trish, have five children.[1][2]



See also: New Hanover County Schools elections (2014)


Chris Meek and fellow Democratic candidates Tom Gale and Emma Saunders are seeking election to the board in the general election on November 4, 2014. They will face Republican candidates Janice Cavenaugh, Don Hayes, Ed Higgins and Bruce Shell.


Meek has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the New Hanover County Board of Elections.


Meek has not received any official endorsements as of April 29, 2014.

Campaign themes


Meek's campaign website lists his themes for the 2014 campaign:

My issues are simple. I believe our educational systems need to protect the rights of all students in public schools, recruit and retain excellent teachers and protect public schools from further dismantling by the corporate sponsored legislation that is being passed in the North Carolina Legislature.

Our children need and deserve the very best that Public Education has to offer. We have a responsibility and obligation to provide that for them. This is how I propose to do this:

Protecting the Rights of All Students in our Classrooms

  • Focus on Learning not testing
  • Partner with UNCW’s Watson School of Education to create authentic assessments that do not require standardized testing
  • Ensuring every classroom has a highly qualified, effective and licensed teacher
  • Work to restore lost teacher assistant positions that have been cut in recent budgets
  • Ensuring that the needs for EC and AIG students are met.
    • Ensure that Teacher/Student ratios are equitable and manageable.
    • Ensure that AIG Teachers are trained and supported to meet the needs of their diverse AIG population
    • Provide appropriately trained teaching assistants in each EC classroom.
    • Address the concerns of parents and teachers about student placement decisions and their least restrictive environments

Recruiting and Retaining Excellent Teachers

  • Work to increase local supplement
  • Quantify a teacher’s working hours
  • Protect due process rights of all certified employees
  • Work to increase teacher pay to the national average
  • Focus classroom instruction on learning and away from test taking
  • Partner with UNCW’s Watson School of Education to create meaningful and useful professional development that can be used immediately with minimal costs to the county

Protecting Schools

  • Partnering with county and state legislators to help create legislation that strengthens local LEA’s
  • Work to revert NHCS’s portion of the 50 million public dollars back from private corporations
  • Work to repeal current charter school legislation and replace the statutory cap of 100 charter schools.
  • Use bond referendum money to renovate schools with the ability to grow and expand beyond their existing structures.
    • Building up (adding floors to buildings)
    • Building out (adding extensions to buildings)


—Chris Meek's campaign website, (2014), [4]

What's at stake?

Issues in the election

April 17 candidate forum

All five candidates in the May 6, 2014 Republican primary participated in an April 17, 2014 forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Lower Cape Fear. The candidates reached consensus on several issues including the need to reverse a 2013 state budget provision that eliminated starting pay increases of 10 percent for new teachers with master's degrees. Jim Brumit supported repeal of the provision but believes that the pay increase should be smaller. There was also unanimous support for allowing greater school choice for parents but voiced opposition to publicly funded vouchers for students at charters and private schools in New Hanover County. Don Hayes expressed concerns about the lack of accountability for charter schools as well as the negative effects of preferential treatment for charters.[5]

About the district

See also: New Hanover County Schools, North Carolina
New Hanover County Schools is located in New Hanover County, North Carolina
New Hanover County Schools is located in Wilmington, the county seat of New Hanover County, North Carolina. According to the United States Census Bureau, New Hanover County is home to 213,267 residents.[6] New Hanover County Schools is the 12th-largest school district in North Carolina, serving 25,131 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[7]


New Hanover County outperformed the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 36.6 percent of New Hanover County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.8 percent for North Carolina as a whole. The median household income in New Hanover County was $50,420 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in New Hanover County was 16.0 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race New Hanover County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 81.4 71.9
Black or African American 14.6 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.5
Asian 1.4 2.5
Two or More Races 1.9 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 5.4 8.7

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[8]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 46.9 51.5
2008 48.8 50.2
2004 43.7 55.8
2000 44.0 55.0

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.[9]

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