Leonard Jenkins

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Leonard Jenkins
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Board member, Brunswick County School Board, District 5
Former incumbent
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Next generalN/A
Term limitsN/A
High schoolNorth Brunswick High School
Bachelor'sPeru State University
ProfessionDirector of Technology
Campaign website
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Leonard Jenkins was a candidate for the District 5 seat on the Brunswick County school board in North Carolina in the primary election on May 6, 2014 and in the general election on November 4, 2014. Leonard Jenkins lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


Jenkins graduated from North Brunswick High School before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. While in the military he served as a drill instructor and was selected to be in various honor guards. He retired at the rank of Senior Master Sergeant (E-8), and returned to Leland, North Carolina. Jenkins became a computer technician and served as the Director of Technology from Brunswick County Schools for 16 years. He graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Technology from Peru State University in Peru, Nebraska and completed the Certified Educational Chief Technology Officer (CECTO) certification from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jenkins has three children and one grandchild.[1]



See also: Brunswick County Schools elections (2014)


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


Brunswick County Schools, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn W. Thompson Incumbent 62.6% 24,394
     Democratic Leonard Jenkins 37.4% 14,589
Total Votes 38,983
Source: North Carolina Board of Elections, "2014 General Election Results," accessed November 4, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.

Campaign themes


Jenkin's campaign website listed his themes for 2014:

An effective school system needs a strong "three prong approach" that brings together schools, parents, and the broader community. Together, we help students achieve their greatest potential.

In my first term as your school board member, I will seek to engage these stakeholders and utilized a student-centered approach in my work. My guiding principle is that ALL students can succeed, regardless of race, economic status, ethnicity, gender, language or disability.

1. Expanding critical programs in our schools
2. Empowering parents to be active participants in their children’s education
3. Engaging our community to support our schools and students
4. Read on to learn about my priorities in each of these areas.

Expanding critical programs in our schools

  • Support the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) focus in Brunswick County Schools by:
  • Supporting and funding the first comprehensive Evaluation of Services for Students with Special Needs that now serves as a blueprint for better identifying their needs and improving effective delivery of services to these students.
  • Advocating for the rights of teachers by restoring the deteriation of benefits and funding
  • Advocating for an increasingly diverse pool of talented educators to reflect APS’ student population, resulting in an increase in the hiring of male educators.

Empowering parents to be active participants in their children’s education

Engaging our community to support our schools and students

  • Improving collaboration with the Brunswick County Board of Education to ensure our school system has the necessary resources to move forward to become one of the top performing districts in the nation.
  • Supporting building and renovation projects that provide safe and friendly schools across the district.
  • Support increasing student access to programs that lead to career and college ready at tie of graduation.

In my first term as your school board member, I will use my effective leadership skills and broad experience with Brunswick County Schools, parents and the broader community to address the major priorities before us. I will do this by maximizing resources to expand instructional opportunities and facilities for our growing student population, working to close the achievement gap and increasing educational success for all students.


—Leonard Jenkin's campaign website, (2014), [3]

What was at stake?

Two seats on the Brunswick County School board were at stake in the November election. Incumbent Charles Miller faced William C. Flythe for the District 1 seat while Leonard Jenkins challenged is challenging incumbent John W. Thompson for the District 5 seat.

Issues in the district

Shortened school days

The Brunswick County school board considered 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 was 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 was in place during 2014. 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 was still more than the state mandate of 1,025 per academic year. The board addressed the issue at the May 2014 board meeting.[4][5]

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.[6] In the 2011-2012 school year, Brunswick County Schools was the 33rd-largest school district in North Carolina and served 12,269 students.[7]


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.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
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[8]
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 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.[9]

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