German D. Garcia
|German D. Garcia|
|Former candidate for|
|Board member, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
Garcia currently works as an assistant teacher with Petree Elementary School. He served in the U.S. Army and retired at the rank of major.
German D. Garcia advanced from the May 6, 2014, Democratic primary against Elisabeth Motsinger, Donald Dunn, Katherine Fansler and Suzanne Carroll. Garcia, Fansler and Motsinger faced Republican candidates Mark Johnson, John M. Davenport Jr. and Robert Barr in the November 4, 2014, general election.
|Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Democratic||Elisabeth Motsinger Incumbent||18.4%||52,582|
|Republican||John M. Davenport Jr. Incumbent||16.5%||47,125|
|Democratic||German D. Garcia||14.2%||40,636|
|Source: North Carolina Board of Elections, "2014 General Election Results," accessed December 30, 2014|
|Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, At-Large Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Democratic||Elisabeth Motsinger Incumbent||33%||11,233|
|Democratic||German D. Garcia||17.7%||6,038|
|Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections, " 05/06/2014 OFFICIAL PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS - FORSYTH," May 13, 2014|
Garcia reported $199.00 in contributions and $99.00 in expenditures to the Forsyth County Board of Elections, leaving his campaign with $100.00 on hand as of April 30, 2014.
Garcia received the endorsement of the Winston-Salem Journal for the primary election. He and Katherine Fansler (D) shared a joint recommendation from the paper for the third at-large seat up for election in the general election.
Garcia provided the following statements regarding his campaign themes on his Democracy.com campaign page:
|“||While the NC General Assembly fights over the education budget, recruiters from the Houston School District (yes, in Texas) are back in NC.
NC educators have not had a meaningful raise in six years, and budget cuts have caused a deficit in resources, such as textbooks. Currently, NC's education spending per child is 49th in the nation, even though our cost of living is approximately average. Tens of thousands of educators have taken early retirement, moved to other states, or left the profession.
Educators should be treated as valuable professionals, and children deserve a high quality public education. But NC budget cuts have made it difficult to attract and retain highly qualified teachers, and in many schools, there are not enough textbooks and other educational resources. It is a shame that recruiters from other states are aggressively recruiting experienced, highly qualified teachers away from NC...
Statistics for WSFC Schools: 42 percent are white, 29 percent are African-American, 22 percent are Hispanic, 4 percent are multiracial.
According to statistics available from WSFC website, we have a diverse student population, with 42% white, 29% African American, and 22% Hispanic.
German believes that all students and their families deserve representation on our school board. With several of the current school board members retiring this year, this upcoming election is an excellent opportunity to elect a highly qualified Hispanic member to our Board of Education. German is an educator (named Classified Employee of the Year at Petree, and a language teacher at FTCC) committed to being an advocate for all students and educators...
The NC General Assembly is still debating the education budget for this coming fiscal year.
After six years without giving educators a raise, the House wants to give a 5 to 6% raise, while the Senate wants to give a higher raise by firing half of our teacher assistants.
Teacher assistant positions have been reduced for the past several years due to budget cuts, reducing the ability of elementary school educators to provide individualized instruction to young learners. It should not come as a surprise, therefore, that thousands of children are in summer school this year because they are not reading at grade level.
NC has also lost many qualified teachers to other states, and fewer college students are choosing education as their major. Currently, we are 46th in teacher pay and 48th in spending per student. When we consider that our cost of living is approximately average (26th), it is not surprising that we are having difficulty recruiting and retaining teachers. All of our educators deserve a long overdue raise, and our students deserve a quality education which includes teacher assistants in elementary school classrooms.
I am an advocate for our public schools because I believe that all children deserve the opportunity to get a great education. I have attended education rallies in Winston-Salem and Raleigh. I will continue to be an advocate for our schools and our children.
—German D. Garcia's Democracy.com page, (2014)
About the districtWinston-Salem, the county seat of Forsyth County, North Carolina. According to the United States Census Bureau, Forsyth County is home to 361,220 residents. Forsyth County Schools is the fourth-largest school district in North Carolina, serving 53,340 students during the 2011-2012 school year.
Forsyth County outperformed the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.6 percent of Forsyth 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 Forsyth County was $45,809 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Forsyth County was 17.6 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "German + Garcia + Winston + Salem + Forsyth + County + Schools"
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- Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, North Carolina
- Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools elections (2014)
- Winston-Salem Journal, "Editorial: 2014 endorsements in school board primaries," April 22, 2014
- Forsyth County Board of Elections, "Local Campaign Report: Board of Education," accessed April 29, 2014
- The Winston-Salem Journal, "Endorsements 2014: WS/Forsyth school board races," October 21, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Democracy.com, "German (Herman) Garcia: Issues," accessed October 23, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Forsyth County, North Carolina," accessed April 29, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 29, 2014
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Election Results," accessed April 29, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Elections|
|Winston-Salem, North Carolina|
|Election date:||November 4, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Robert Barr • John M. Davenport Jr. • Katherine Fansler • German D. Garcia • Mark Johnson • Elisabeth Motsinger|
Candidates defeated in the primary: • Suzanne Carroll • Donald Dunn • Chenita Barber Johnson • Malishai Woodbury • Irene May
|Important information:||Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|