Marcoplos for commissioner
I have lived in rural Orange County my entire life. Over the years, I’ve watched many leaders struggle to meet the challenges of our growing community. As I worked to bring people together to save the Colonial Inn in Hillsborough last year, I met Mark Marcoplos and came to know of his tireless engagement in making Orange County a better place for everyone. Now, he’s running for an at-large seat on the Orange County Board of Commissioners. I am proud to give him my endorsement and ask you to contribute to his campaign.
Mark’s lifelong business and public service credentials set him apart in this race. He has been a green business leader for over three decades, running a construction company which was one of the early adopters of green building practices, energy-efficiency, and alternative technologies. His expertise earned him election to the board of the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association as well as a Discovery Channel show about his family’s model eco-home. He served on the county Economic Development Commission in the late 90s, then the Board of County Commissioners appointed him to the Orange Water and Sewer Authority board where he was twice elected chair. This was followed by appointment to the county Planning Board where he became familiar with zoning and land-use issues. Reflecting his long-standing commitment to affordable housing, he’s currently serving on the Orange County Housing Authority. This is a man who thoroughly understands how local government works and how to improve it to better serve everyone.
As a native of Orange County and a rural resident, I believe Mark’s lifetime of experience, connections and credibility with both the rural and urban communities make him an ideal at-large representative. No other candidate for the at-large seat on the Orange County Board of Commissioners has anywhere near Mark’s experience and expertise. I urge you to show your support for Mark Marcoplos in the March 15th primary election and to give whatever you can to his race.
Support the Thrift Shop
Editor’s note: Our article on the PTA Thrift Shop reworking ts funding for local schools generated several reader comments on editor Mark Schultz’s Facebook page, including:
Paul Hrusovsky: Giving to the PTA Thrift Shop is a great way to support “people in need.” I worked as a teacher in this system for many years and the money provided supplies I otherwise would not have had, cultural experiences that the whole school community could enjoy, supplemental materials for all disciplines, field trips and the list goes on. It is truly a community effort and we are fortunate to have it. It seems the organization experienced having less money because of the debt on the new Carrborro building. But they appear optimistic in slowly recovering the old revenues. I will continue to support this endeavor because of the services they offer to the schools but also because they pay fair wages to their employees and offer clothes and other items at affordable prices to the community.
Buffie Webber: The grant system is in keeping with the origins of the PTA Thrift Shop. The profits of the sale of used items in the ’50s began to provide art education in the public schools. Our schools were segregated. The first funds were spent by the PTAs in African-American schools to purchase art supplies and art training workshops for teachers BEFORE money was spent in the white schools. The successful experiment of funding art in the schools through the PTAs led to the doors staying open. Individual PTAs used funds to introduce programs such as paying for teachers’ sick leave, science education and computer technology pilot programs that then took root in the school system. Much has changed in 60-plus years. Initial profits came from items that were sold at higher prices than current items. Compensating schools based on the number of volunteer hours when migrating away from a grant system created an artificial currency that had nothing to do with making money. In this era of diminished funds for public schools, this is a good time to support the PTA Thrift Shop by donating quality, salable terms and promoting shopping which is how profits are generated.
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