Voter Guide - Brad Wheeler - Cobb County School District - Post 7
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Brad Wheeler

Republican

Age: 57

Address: 1309 Kingsbury Ct. Powder Springs,Ga. 30127

Profession: Retired School Administrator

Previous political experience: Former Amberton HOA President

Education: BS Berry College Health/PE, MS Jacksonville State School Administration

Wife: Kathy, Sons: Zach and Seth

Do you believe the revised Strategic Plan will be an improvement over the existing plan? How will it result in greater student learning?

No, I do not believe the revised Strategic Plan will have any effect on student learning.

How will you vote on the charter-schools constitutional amendment in November?

I am still studying this issue.

How would you fix the budget?

There are several things to consider. We can look for outside sources to help us. Work to return funds to Cobb. Make cuts across the board not just placing the focus on teachers.Reduce wastes, focus our spending on essential items needed at the local school level.

Would you support Teach For America if it did not require cutting current staff? What if it did require cutting current staff?

I do not support Teach For America. It makes no sense to offer positions to recent college graduates who have not been trained when we are cutting back our current staff. We already have quality people in these positions. We need to support them and not slap them in the face.

Without seeing a project list, do you support putting SPLOST 4 to voters? If so, when?

Yes. When it is needed.

If SPLOST 4 is approved, should the management be done in house or by outside contractors?

It depends,we should look at which group can provide the service at the best price and still maintain quality control.

Should the board bid out legal services? If so, how often?Yes, we should bid out legal services. All contacts should be reviewed at their completion. We should be looking to provide quality service for our district at the best price.

Should high school schedules (block, traditional) be decided by the principal, the superintendent or the board?

I would ask the Superintendent to prepare a report for the board on the pro's and con's of each. In some areas it would make sense to have the same schedule due to the students switching schools so often. This should be looked into more.

Do you favor a school start date between Aug. 1 and Aug. 15; between Aug. 16 to Aug. 30; or after Labor Day? Or, do you favor year-round schools?

I would favor a date which works for the balanced calendar. I do not favor year round schools.

Does CCSD have too many administrators?

I believe we may have too many in the Central Office. At the building level probably not. We need people in positions which contribute directly to student success.

Does the board spend enough time discussing academic issues in public?

No.

Should the superintendent cut back on schools spending teacher-development money to attend conferences?

I believe in the current budget situation yes. Going to Orlando is a PR disaster. We need to look at better ways which are less costly to achieve our goals.

Do you favor changing the senior tax exemption? If so, how?

No, I do not favor changing the senior tax exemption.

Do you promise not to vote for a tax increase during this term, if elected?

A tax increase would have to be a last resort. We need to look at other ways to fund/reduce the CCSD budget before raising taxes.

What is the biggest problem you want to solve, if elected, and how would you do it?

Costs do matter. We need to focus on what is really essential and move in that direction. Our goal should be to provide the best education we can afford for our children. It appears we have money for “pet” projects and not essentials in the classroom where learning takes place.

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July 17, 2012
I had the good fortune to meet Mr. Wheeler last week and get to know him and what he stands for. I liked what I heard. Brad Wheeler has our vote.
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