A Simple Question? School Board Candidates Have Trouble With ‘Yes’ Or ‘No’

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 19, 2012

By Mike Barnhardt
Enterprise Record

COUNTY LINE – Randy McDaniel thought it was a simple “yes” or “no” question.
He was wrong.
Asking candidates for the Davie County Board of Education whether, if their first decision after being elected in July, was to vote on a $53 million new high school as recommended by consultants, would their vote be yes or no.
More than 30 minutes later, he had a yes, a couple who didn’t say, a few no’s, and a not yet.
The six candidates were taking part in a forum at the fire department here, sponsored by the Woodmen of the World.
Wendy Horne said her vote would be yes, “because I want my kids to have the best.” It’s been nine years since a plan for a second high school was turned down by voters, and people should be over any animosity caused by that vote. “We’ve got to take care of our own.”
The “no” answers came from Jeff Plott, Linda Mace and Paul Drechsler.
Plott said top-notch education can – and is – happening on the current campus. “If we maintain those buildings, they will last.The people of Davie County said no, so Jeff Plott will say no …