Davie Board of Education GOP Candidates: Clint Junker

Published 4:12 pm Monday, April 23, 2018

Why did you decide to seek public office?

Junker: I decided to seek public office to serve. I feel we are all called to serve in some capacity – whether it is a public office, church or some other way. Davie County has been very good to my family and I desire to give back. I want to make a difference in some way. I cannot think of a better way than to serve the children in this county and the men and women that serve them.

What is the No. 1 issue facing the Davie County School System and what is your plan to handle this issue?

Junker: That is a tough question because I feel that there are several. The biggest issue for me is the overall perception of public education.  It affects everything – including funding and attracting staff. There is a tremendous shortage in the workforce of qualified people with a skilled trade, especially in the technical field of electronics and robotics. These types of classrooms and types of teachers take money. The people that have these skills get snatched up in the workforce making much more than they could teaching. It creates a void.

We, as a community, have to work together to get good leadership on the local level but more importantly, the state and federal level. This takes open communication and education of the public. It is not something that one person can do but I will do my best to help.

Should the extra costs of extra security be paid for by the school system or the county?

Junker: The money comes out of the same pocket. There are over 6,000 students and 900 staff that attend our schools on a daily basis. Providing a safe environment to learn and work is the responsibility of the community. It is not just a school issue. There has to be communication and teamwork between all to make it work and figure out the funding.

There has been a lot of effort over the last several years to have open conversations between boards to do what is best for Davie County. There are a lot of needs out there and limited funding. We have to work together to be good stewards for the citizens of Davie County.