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John W. Thompson

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John W. Tompson
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Board member, Brunswick County School Board, District 5
Incumbent
Term ends
2014
Years in position 8
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last election2010
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sNorth Carolina State University
Personal
ProfessionArchitect
Websites
Office website
John Tompson holds the District 5 seat on the Brunswick County school board in North Carolina. He was initially elected to the chamber in 2010 and is seeking re-election on November 4, 2014. Thompson is currently the board's chairman.

Biography

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.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: Brunswick County Schools elections (2014)

Opposition

John Thompson will face Leonard Jenkins in the general election on November 4, 2014 for the District 5 seat.

Funding

Thompson had not reported any campaign contributions or expenditures to the North Carolina Board of Elections as of April 29, 2014.[2]

Endorsements

Thompson had not received any official endorsements for his campaign as of April 29, 2014.

2010

Thompson won election to the board in 2010.

Brunswick County Schools, District 5 General Election, 4-year term, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn W. Thompson 64.6% 24,861
     Democrat Ronnie Jenkins 35.4% 13,607
Total Votes 38,468
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.[3][4]

About the district

See also: Brunswick County Schools, North Carolina
Brunswick County Schools is located in Brunswick County, North Carolina
Brunswick County Schools is located in Brunswick County, North Carolina. Brunswick County is home to 115,301 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[5] Brunswick County Schools is the 33rd-largest school district in North Carolina, serving 12,269 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[6]

Demographics

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.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Brunswick County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 85.3 71.9
Black or African American 11.5 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 0.6 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 5.0 8.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[7]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 30,643 36.6
Democratic 26,999 32.2
Libertarian 260 0.3
Unaffiliated 25,932 30.9

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[8]

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