The contests are in four districts: Omega Curtis Parker and Jacqueline Wagstaff in District 1; Regina George-Bowden and Don Williams in District 2; Gail Heath, Nick Staffa
and write-in contender Rita Winchester-Murrell in District 3; and Steve Martin, running unopposed in District 4.
... -- Nick Staffa says he is running to be the teachers' representative on the school board, with the aim of giving them more control over their time out of class.
Teachers are forced to attend too many faculty meetings and staff development sessions, said Staffa
, whose wife teaches English at Southern High School
"I would like to stand up for teachers' rights and get more respect for them as professionals," he
said. Staffa, 60, is a graduate of Johns Hopkins with a doctorate in physics from Duke.He is a computer-support contractor for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
has not yet formed an opinion of some of the board's controversial issues, including the district's permissive transfer policy, he
is sure about one thing: The school year should not start before Labor Day.
With two sons in the school system, one at Lowe's Grove Middle School
and one at Parkwood Elementary, Staffa
knows firsthand how difficult it is to plan a summer vacation when school starts in the middle of August.