William C. Flythe

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William C. Flythe
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Former candidate for
Board member, Brunswick County School Board, District 3
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Last electionNovember 4, 2014
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William Flythe was a candidate for the District 3 seat on the Brunswick County school board in North Carolina in the primary election on May 6, 2014 and the general election on November 4, 2014. William C. Flythe lost the general election on November 4, 2014.



See also: Brunswick County Schools elections (2014)


William Flythe faced incumbent Charles Miller in the general election on November 4, 2014 for the District 3 seat.


Brunswick County Schools, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Miller Incumbent 62.2% 24,483
     Democratic William C. Flythe 37.8% 14,864
Total Votes 39,347
Source: North Carolina Board of Elections, "2014 General Election Results," accessed December 30, 2014

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 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.[1][2]

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.[3] In the 2011-2012 school year, Brunswick County Schools was the 33rd-largest school district in North Carolina and served 12,269 students.[4]


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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
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[5]
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: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[6]

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