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Congratulations to David Hamm and Flint O’Brien

November 5, 2008
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I would like to congratulate David Hamm and Flint O’Brien on their wins. I wish them the best of luck in their endeavors as school board members.

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Chatham School Board member endorses Galin and Munn

October 26, 2008
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Endorsement of Board of Education Candidates By Gerald Totten, a Current Board of Education Member As a sitting member of the Chatham County Board of Education I’ve been asked by many people who I endorsed and felt would be the most significant newly elected members of the Chatham County Board of Education for the next four years. 

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I am having a BLAST at the voting polls!

October 23, 2008
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I am having a BLAST at the voting polls!

I have been trying to get to the early voting polls a little bit every day. It has been a BLAST meeting all sorts of people. Thanks to all of you who have allowed me to stop and talk to you about our children’s education in Chatham County. My favorite time so far happened today when

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Chatham County needs more people like Gene Galin

October 23, 2008
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by Dan Cahoon Chatham County is moving into the future. Additions to the school board in the past year have indicated a new direction for education in Chatham County. There is still a great deal of work to be done in regard to efficient oversight of the schools that serve our children. The Chatham county board

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Let’s Elect Gene Galin to the School Board

October 21, 2008
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By Ed Williams I met Gene Galin at a small, private party on Sunday. We had exchanged a few emails, but we had never met in person. After talking with him for 15 - 20 minutes, I am more than ever convinced that he is the best candidate for the Chatham Co. Board of Education. Several people,

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Judy Hogan supports Galin for Chatham School Board

October 21, 2008
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By Judy Hogan Moncure, NC - Hi, all. I thought I’d put in my thoughts on the county races. I was a member of the Chatham Coalition back in 2004-6 and I felt good about all the candidates I worked to elect which the Coalition supported in those elections. I will be voting Democratic across the board

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Teacher Working Conditions Survey Results for Chatham County

October 9, 2008
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The 2008 Chatham County Teacher Working Conditions Survey reports are available at http://ncteachingconditions.org/reports/report_main.php?orgID=190&masterSiteID=org&section= 2008 Respondents # District: Chatham County Schools (94 % responded) # North Carolina (87 % responded) Good things are happening in Chatham County schools. The great news is that 92% of teachers feel that the faculty is committed to help every student learn and 88% believe that teachers

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Speaking at the Carolina Meadows Candidates’ Forum

October 8, 2008
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The School Board candidates were invited to speak at Carolina Meadows in northeast Chatham. Below is a video clip of my introduction.

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An example of a great school calendar

October 6, 2008
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Want to know what school sports teams are playing? When? Where? Interested in other school activities beyond sports? You can find loads of information about what is going on at Northwood High School by taking a look at their school calendar at http://freecal.brownbearsw.com/NHS_Calendar I love the wealth of information that is available and keep the bag bookmarked. BTW,

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$20.08 for the 2008 BOE Campaign

October 6, 2008
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$20.08 for the 2008 BOE Campaign

Please join the effort to help elect Gene Galin to the Chatham county Board of Education by contributing to the $20.08 for the 2008 BOE campaign. Just click on the button below to make your online contribution. Thanks so much! Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

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Perry Harrison 1st, 2nd & 4th grade reorganization

October 5, 2008
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Parents who missed the meeting last week about the Perry Harrison 1st, 2nd and 4th grade reorganization can view video clips of most of the proceedings on youtube. I hope this helps. Update on Perry Harrison reorganization - part 1 Update on Perry Harrison reorganization - part 2 Update on Perry Harrison reorganization - part 3 Update on Perry

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Perry Harrison 1st, 2nd & 4th grade reorganization

October 5, 2008
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Parents who missed the meeting last week about the Perry Harrison 1st, 2nd and 4th grade reorganization can view video clips of most of the proceedings on youtube. I hope this helps. Update on Perry Harrison reorganization - part 1 Update on Perry Harrison reorganization - part 2 Update on Perry Harrison reorganization - part 3 Update on Perry

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Board of Education candidates’ forum at Perry Harrison

September 29, 2008
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There will be a Board of Education candidates' forum at Perry Harrison School on Tuesday, October 7 from 7:00-8:30 PM hosted by the PHS PTSA. This forum will be held in a round table format. Each candidate will sit at a table surrounded by citizens from the community. They will have a chance to respond

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Galin was a member of the Chatham County Strategic Planning Development Committee

September 29, 2008
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I was appointed to the Chatham County Strategic Planning Development Committee that I served on until 1998 Strategic Planning Development Committee: Commissioner Pollard moved to appoint the following individuals to the Strategic Planning Development Committee: Howard Stier, East Chatham (Apex) - Chair; Joyce Cotten, Pittsboro; Karl Ernst, Siler City; Gene Galin, Pittsboro; Ray Greenlaw, Pittsboro; Joy Johnson-Turpin,

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Galin is a Chatham County 2005 Outstanding Volunteer Award Honoree

September 29, 2008
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In 2005, I was presented with the Chatham County Outstanding Volunteer Award. This program is coordinated by the United Way of Chatham County in collaboration with the Chatham County Board of Commissioners. <!– /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:”"; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”; mso-fareast-font-family:”Times New Roman”;} @page Section1

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A quality system of education is part of Chatham’s strategic plan

September 18, 2008
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As an original appointee to Chatham County’s Strategic Plan Development Committee (SPDC), I was active in developing the approved plan. Below is the education system component as outlined in the Chatham County Strategic Plan outcomes and goals. GOAL 1. Effective teachers and a well-balanced curriculum imparting skills and knowledge which contribute to children and adults becoming

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Please adhere to the Chatham County Sign Ordinance

September 18, 2008
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To all volunteers - Please adhere to the Chatham County sign ordinance when putting up campaign signs. Below is a copy of an email Zoning Enforcement Officer Tony Wilson sent out during the primaries. You assistance is greatly appreciated. - Gene Galin Chatham County has a sign ordinance that has been in place since the 1980s. It

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Donate money to local schools by using your store savings card

September 17, 2008
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If you would like to help support your favorite school, all you need to do is link your savings card or credit card to your school and the store will do the rest. You have to link your Harris Teeter VIC card and Food Lion MVP card every year in order to get donations

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Participation in high school activities is a valuable part of the overall high school experience

September 17, 2008
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Students who spend no time in extracurricular activities are 49% more likely to use drugs and 37% more likely to become teen parents than those who spend one to four hours per week in extracurricular activities (United States Department of Education. No Child Left Behind: The facts about 21st Century Learning. Washington, DC: 2002.) In their

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The case for High School athletics and activities

September 16, 2008
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The case for High School athletics and activities

From interscholastic sports to music, drama and debate, activities enrich a student’s high school experience. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and its membership believe that interscholastic sports and fine arts activities promote citizenship and sportsmanship. They instill a sense of pride in community, teach lifelong lessons of teamwork and self-discipline and facilitate the

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