John W. Thompson
|John W. Tompson|
|Board member, Brunswick County School Board, District 5|
|Years in position||8|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||North Carolina State University|
Thompson has been an architect in Southport, North Carolina since 1985. He graduated from North Carolina State University School of Design in 1977 with bachelor's degree in Environmental Design in Architecture. Thompson has served on the Brunswick County Schools Bond Referendum Executive Committee, the Brunswick County Planning Board and the Brunswick County Equalization and Review Board. He has also been a volunteer and mentor through Communities in Schools (CIS). Thompson has received the Award of Merit from the North Carolina School Boards Association. He is married to Ruth Biddell Thompson.
John Thompson will face Leonard Jenkins in the general election on November 4, 2014 for the District 5 seat.
Thompson had not reported any campaign contributions or expenditures to the North Carolina Board of Elections as of April 29, 2014.
Thompson had not received any official endorsements for his campaign as of April 29, 2014.
Thompson won election to the board in 2010.
|Brunswick County Schools, District 5 General Election, 4-year term, 2010|
|Republican||John W. Thompson||64.6%||24,861|
|Source: Brunswick County Board of Elections, "2010 General Election," accessed April 28, 2014|
What's at stake?
Two seats on the Brunswick County School board are at stake in the November election. Incumbent Charles Miller will be facing William C. Flythe for the District 1 seat while Leonard Jenkins is challenging incumbent John W. Thompson for the District 5 seat.
Issues in the district
Shortened school days
The Brunswick County school board is considering shortening the school day. In April 2014, Superintendent Edward Pruden approached school board members with a proposal to switch the existing staggered bell times so that elementary students would begin and end classes earlier than secondary students. An amended version of Pruden's proposal is to request an additional 10 minutes off the school day for all students.
During the 2011-2012 school year, the board first implemented a staggered schedule in which elementary students started about an hour earlier than older students. The plan was made in an effort to save district funds by reducing the number of buses on the road. It allowed bus drivers to pick up and drop off younger students first before heading to the secondary schools for their second pick-up, which generated an additional $800,000 in state reimbursements during that year. However, after hearing some concerns from parents regarding the impact later dismissal times had on high school athletics and after-school jobs, the board voted to eliminate staggered bell times.
During the 2012-2013 school year, the board returned to the issue, voting to approve the schedule that is now in place. This was a decision that Superintendent Pruden did not support. After Pruden made his pitch to go back to the first staggered schedule concept, school board chairman John Thompson suggested reducing the school day by 10 minutes. The proposed 10-minute reduction to the school day would provide 1,050 instructional hours, which is still more than the state mandate of 1,025 per academic year. The board will address the issue at the May 2014 board meeting.
About the district
- See also: Brunswick County Schools, North Carolina
Brunswick County underperformed in comparison to the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 24.7 percent of Brunswick 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 Brunswick County was $46,490 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Brunswick County was 15.2 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.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "John + Thompson + Brunswick + County + Schools"
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Brunswick County Schools, "School Board," accessed April 29, 2014
- North Carolina Board of Elections, "NC Campaign Report Search By Entity," accessed April 29, 2014
- C. Russell Clark, Star News Online, "Plan would shorten school days in Brunswick County," April 15, 2014
- Hilary Snow, PortCityDaily.com, "Brunswick County school board to consider shortened school day," April 16, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Brunswick County, North Carolina," accessed April 28, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed February 18, 2014
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "NC Voter Statistics Results," accessed April 28, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Brunswick County Schools Elections|
|Brunswick County, North Carolina|
|Election date:||May 6, 2014|
|Candidates:||District 3: Incumbent, Charles Miller • William C. Flythe |
District 5: Incumbent, John W. Thompson • Leonard Jenkins
|Important information:||What's at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|