Candidate Vetting Interview- Stefanie King, Craven Board of Education District 1

Interview questions were developed by a Vetting Committee of 10 members of the Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association. All candidates for a particular office were asked the same questions. Interviews were conducted by 3 rotating members of the Vetting Committee. Summaries are the agreed-upon consensus of each 3-member group. Candidates were asked to interview in-person, but phone interviews were offered for candidates living outside Craven County if schedules would not allow travel.
Stefanie King, Board of Education District 1 
Interview Date: October 19, 2016
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Interviewed: Conference Call
                                                  1. Earl Dail
                                                   2. Linda Dail
                                                   3. Annette Hawkins
Name, Address, Phone, E-mail:
Name:  Stefanie King
Phone:  252-349-4734
Address:  1788 Bear Hole Rd, Vanceboro, NC 28586
Educational Background:
Bachelor of Science in English Education from ECU
Masters in Curriculum Instruction
Masters in Administration and Supervision
Currently part time teaching at Craven Community College and tutoring elementary students after school
Taught at West Craven High School for 15 years.
Assistant Principal for 6 years at West Craven High School
Demonstrations of Leadership:
Department Chair of Freshman Academy
Department Chair of Transition Program
Memberships and Associations:
Founder of Sista/Sister
Member of St. James Church of Christ
Ordained Elder
Founder of Agape Ministries

 Why are you running for this office?
 I want to be part of what I believe in. I want to assist in
communication between the school, parents and the community.
A lack of understanding creates frustration. I can bridge the gap between parents and teachers.
What is the organizational structure of your campaign, fund raising capability, etc.?
 I have relied on the local Democratic Party. The party has done the fund raising.
Which of the Founding Fathers do you most admire?
George Washington
I like innovators, ones that make sure of success by taking part and performing successfully.

Margaret Thatcher once said, “Consensus is a lack of leadership.” Do you agree?
 I disagree.
Why or why not?
Consensus is a result of leadership. A strong leader will get all involved bought into the process. A good leader shows others how to lead.  A strong leader is able to voice their opinion without being judged.

Which President do you most admire?
Abraham Lincoln
He executed the Emancipation Proclamation to free the slaves.

Do you believe the Founding Fathers intended the Constitution to be:
             a. An evolving document whose meaning changes with time?
             b. A permanent set of rules to limit the power of the federal government?

 It was intended to be a permanent set of rules. Our world has been straying from the rules.

Discuss an ethical dilemma you faced.

A former supervisor asked me to falsify a document to allow a student to enter a school out of his district.
What happened?

I refused to do so because I knew the law.

Where do individual rights come from?

The Federal Government and The Constitution.
What do you know about Common Core?
Quite a bit. I’m not all for it, maybe 50/50. It is a big dividing issue.
What is your position on it and why?
I like the commonality of it. If test are the same then the teaching should be the same. I don’t like the excessive amount of testing. I never taught it but did help create lessons.

What is your opinion on gun ownership, registration, and gun free zones?
I believe in the right to own guns. There are times that you should own a weapon. There has to be consequences for action. I believe in gun free zones; such as schools, day cares, and places documented to have gun activity that has caused death, like Kinston.
What does the phrase “Separation of Church and State” mean to you?
Separation of church and state to me is that the state can’t run the church, neither can the church run the state. The church has the responsibility to help uphold laws but not to infringe upon.
If elected, what would be your number one priority item during your term in office?

To increase the effectiveness of communication relating to the school system. Frustration will decrease from better and more positive communication.

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