FAMILY: Wife, Nancy; son, Barry; daughter, Nanette
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: 12 years, Board of Education
EDUCATION: Paine College, bachelor’s in science and mathematics; South Carolina State University, master’s in education counseling; Georgia Southern University, master’s in administration and supervision; Tuskegee University, education specialist
BARNES ON STATE FUNDING CUTS: Require a minimum amount for reduction and have schools and departments assess their needs and recommend what they could give up that would not adversely affect student achievement.
BARNES ON TEST SCORES/STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT: Target and require teacher training in area(s) of student weakness.
BARNES ON FURLOUGH DAYS: Gradually reduce administrative and auxiliary personnel by attrition. My position is to retain as many personnel who work directly with children as possible.
BARNES ON HIRING PRACTICES: Identify and revise or remove policies that present a threat to fairness. While all policies may not be perfect, I am not aware of any policy that denies equal access.
FAMILY: Wife, Cassandra; sons: Riley, 30, Zadoc, 28
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: None
EDUCATION: University of Wyoming, bachelor’s in history
WILLIAMS ON STATE FUNDING CUTS: Streamlining overhead costs without taking money away from the classroom and not raising taxes is the only viable option.
WILLIAMS ON TEST SCORES/STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT: We can improve by diligently requiring continuing education and recertification for our teachers and increased testing for all students at earlier ages.
WILLIAMS ON FURLOUGH DAYS: I would like to work toward gradually reducing furlough days by reducing administration overhead.
WILLIAMS ON HIRING PRACTICES: We should ensure that a fair and practical hiring process is put in place so that the most competent teachers are hired.
* Indicates incumbent