Martin Page

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Martin Page
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Board member, Iredell-Statesville School Board, District 5
Member
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 6, 2014
First electedMay 6, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Associate'sWilson Technical Community College
OtherNorth Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Appalachian State University
Personal
ProfessionContract employee for I-SS
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Campaign website
Martin Page holds the District 5 seat on the Iredell-Statesville school board in North Carolina. He won election to the board on May 6, 2014. District 5 includes Troutman Elementary School, Troutman Middle School, Lakeshore Elementary School, Lakeshore Middle School, Career Academy and Technical School, South Iredell High School, Lake Norman Elementary School and Brawley Middle School.[1]

Biography

Page is a graduate of Wilson Technical Community College. After graduation, he worked in the automotive industry for several years before going into teaching. He obtained his teaching certificate hours from North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University and Appalachian State University. He worked for seven years in Nash County Schools, where he taught Auto Mechanics at Northern Nash High School. During that time, he began an intramural vocational education basketball program which involved hundreds of Northern Nash High School students. He also was an assistant varsity boys’ basketball coach. While living in Red Oak, he became a charter member of the Red Oak Jaycees. In 1982, Page moved to Statesville to teach Auto Mechanics and coach cross country, tennis and basketball at Statesville High School. He retired from high school coaching in 1992 and began an Automotive Program at North Iredell High School in 1993. In 1995, Page helped develop Iredell-Statesville School’s first county-wide educational program, the Auto Tech Center. He accepted the Governor’s Entrepreneurial School of the Year Award in 1997 for the program. Page taught Auto Mechanics at South Iredell High School, Lake Norman High School and the Auto Tech Center at Statesville High School until 2006. Since 2007 he has worked as a contract employee for Iredell-Statesville Schools.

After retiring from high school coaching, Page became active in youth sports in Iredell County. He coached youth soccer, baseball and football. He was a member of the Troutman Youth Athletic Association and the North Piedmont Babe Ruth Association. In 2003, Page was part of the new Lakeshore Youth Athletic Association and served as its president for the first two years. He also helped start the Stumpy Creek Babe Ruth Association and served as its president. Page is a member of Rocky Mount Methodist Church with his wife and two sons.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Iredell-Statesville Schools elections (2014)

Opposition

Martin Page challenged Victoria Sawyer for the District 5 seat in the general election on May 6, 2014.

Results

Page won election to the board in 2014.

Iredell-Statesville Schools, District 5 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMartin Page 60.1% 1,265
     Nonpartisan Victoria Sawyer 39.2% 825
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.7% 14
Total Votes 2,104
Source: North Carolina Board of Elections, "05/06/2014 UNOFFICIAL PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS - IREDELL," accessed June 2, 2014

Funding

Page reported $2,100.00 in contributions and $1,774.60 in expenditures to the Iredell County Board of Elections, which left his campaign with $325.40 on hand.[3]

Endorsements

Page did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign themes

2014

Page's campaign website listed his themes for 2014:

One of my first priorities, if elected, is to find out where our money is going and let the tax payers know. It is time for accountability and transparency with our tax dollars. How many people in Iredell County know the system has recently purchased land on Parkertown Road for $800,000? How many people know the board purchased new automobiles for some of the administrators? These may be perfectly good investments, but it is taxpayer money, and the public should know which board members voted for or against these expenditures.

I want to be open to parents and taxpayers. I want to answer their questions as timely and factually as possible. As a board member, there are certainly issues that cannot be discussed in open meetings, and the public needs to understand that. However, too many decisions are made with no public debate and discussion.

I plan to set up a schedule to spend at least one day every semester at every school in my district. I would be there to talk with students, parents, and teachers. I also would try to visit every classroom in these schools once a semester. I really think this should be a requirement of all board members so that our decisions are rooted at the classroom level with a clear sense of real, urgent needs. In a recent school board meeting, one of the board members actually asked where a particular school was located. Unbelievably, it was in his district, and he did not even know it!

I also want to establish a board committee so parents, teachers and principals could file complaints and address concerns without fear of repercussions.

I also want to require that every administrator, both at school and central office level, to spend at least one day a quarter in a classroom actually teaching, not just “visiting.” They need to be on the front lines sometimes to appreciate the teachers’ daily struggles to effectively educate a diverse student population with a variety of specific needs. I also think every board member needs to be in a classroom on a regular basis so they can see firsthand what is really going on.

One of the most important things I would like to accomplish is establish a close and productive working relationship with our county commissioners. They provide the money, so the system needs to work with them, not try to work around them.

Most importantly, the school board needs to truly make the students’ education the main thing, and keep the “main thing” the main thing!

[4]

—Martin Page's campaign website, (2014), [5]

What was at stake?

Four seats on the Iredell-Statesvilles school board were at stake in the May 6, 2014 election. District 3 incumbent John Rogers, Jr. and District 7 incumbent Anna Bonham sought re-election to their respective seats.

Issues in the district

Potential new high school

Iredell-Statesvilles Schools is considering adding a sixth high school to the district. The potential new school would relieve overcrowding at Troutman and Mooresville schools, especially South Iredell High School (SIHS) and Lake Norman High School. School board members already voted in February 2014 to use open classrooms at the Career Academy & Technical School to ease overcrowding at SIHS. Any construction on the site would have to wait until Iredell County commissioners decide to put a bond referendum for school facilities on the ballot, and it passes in a public vote. District leaders have said it would be considered in November 2014. The district acquired the property where the school would be located in July 2013.[6]

About the district

See also: Iredell-Statesville Schools, North Carolina
Iredell-Statesville Schools is located in Iredell County, North Carolina
Iredell-Statesville Schools is located in Iredell County, North Carolina. According to the United States Census Bureau, Iredell County is home to 279,641 residents.[7] Iredell-Statesville Schools is the 17th-largest school district in North Carolina, serving 21,336 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[8]

Demographics

Iredell 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 23.0% of Iredell County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 26.8% for North Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Iredell County was $50,058 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Iredell County was 13.5% compared to 16.8% for the entire state.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Iredell County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 83.3 71.9
Black or African American 12.3 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.5
Asian 2.2 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.6 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 7.0 8.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[9]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 32,817 29.8
Republican 45,205 41.1
Libertarian 369 0.3
No Party 31,576 28.7

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.[10]

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