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Tom Benton touts experience, deeds in Wake school board mailer

District 1 campaign mailer from Wake County school board Chairman Tom Benton
District 1 campaign mailer from Wake County school board Chairman Tom Benton Tom Benton

Wake County school board Chairman Tom Benton is promoting his education experience and his accomplishment during his three years in office in a campaign mailer sent to District 1 voters.

In the campaign mailer, Benton says he has the “experience that makes a difference,” pointing to his 40 years as a teacher and principal, including how he was twice named Principal of the Year. He also notes his current work as a school leadership coach and trainer and three years on the school board, including the past year as the chairman.

Benton also says he’s “getting the job done for us,” pointing to board accomplishments such as redesigning Knightdale High, getting funding for reconstruction of East Wake Middle, the new CTE high school opening in Wake Forest in 2017 and expansion of career academies at District 1 high schools.

Benton also points to district-wide efforts such as working with the Wake County Board of Commissioners to fund employee raises, establishing the goal of graduating 95 percent of seniors by 2020, creation of a program to help “our most challenging elementary schools” and development of a comprehensive student assignment plan.

“If I’m fortunate to be re-elected, you have my continued pledge to always put students and families first,” Benton says in the mailer. “Together, we have accomplished a lot, but there is a lot more to do.”

Benton is running against Donald Agee, Mary Beth Ainsworth and Sheila Ellis in a district that includes Wake Forest, Rolesville, Wendell, Zebulon and part of Knightdale.