For Immediate Release February 6, 2014
Tony Rose, School Board Chair, announces re-election bid
School Board Chairman Tony Rose has announced his plans to run for re-election to the Alamance Burlington Board of Education. Rose, 44, was first elected to the board in 2010. He is a resident of Burlington and works in the Information Systems & Technology Department at Elon University.
In announcing his re-election bid, Rose emphasized that he will continue to work as an advocate for students, teachers, and parents. “I am very pleased with the progress that we have made within our school system over the past four years. We had a successful opening and launch of the Career and Technical Education Center, a smooth transition involving the Ray Street Academy, and we have been able to work with the county commissioners to achieve an increase in our teacher supplement. The next several years will present opportunities and challenges for our school system, including the implementation of federally mandated standards, integrating the state requirements of online testing, and serving the needs of our increasingly diverse student population within the constraints of limited funding from federal, state, and local sources.”
Rose emphasized the importance he places on hiring and retaining the most qualified teachers for the classroom, the increased use of technology, and providing a safe and orderly classroom environment. “The strategic plan I envisioned back in 2010 is becoming a reality and I am excited about serving another term to see it through implementation.” He is a native of Alamance County and is a graduate of Western Alamance High School. Both of his parents worked with the local school system and his children are students in the system as well. He is a graduate of DeVry University.
“I am impressed with recent advancements in academic achievement as demonstrated by the highest graduation rate ever achieved, the largest amount of scholarship dollars ever given to a graduating class, and a significant increase in Advanced Placement class offerings. I am encouraged with the progress the Board of Education has made in working with area law enforcement agencies for the safety of our students while at school. I also am very pleased with the Vision for Public Education completed by a broad base of community stakeholders. We must continue to find ways for our school system to engage with the greater community to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our students and preparing them for the next phase of their lives.”
Rose and his wife, Audrey, are members of Agape Baptist Church in Mebane, where he serves as a pianist. Rose also proudly serves as a board member for D.A.R.E. Burlington.
Tony Rose – ABSS School Board Chair
I am running for re-election to the School Board in the election this November. My goal is to continue serving our community by being an advocate and voice for our students, teachers and parents. I believe that this will enhance the teaching and learning experience of students in our schools.
I believe that the most important part of the educational experience for our young citizens is what takes place in the classroom: teaching and learning. I believe that those in our community who have the best opportunity to help our young people succeed are those closest to them at home and in the classroom: parents and teachers. If re-elected, it will be my goal to continue supporting policies that empower our parents and teachers to be successful in their endeavor to educate our young people for tomorrow’s challenging world.
I grew up in an educational environment, and have been involved in education for most of my life. My mother Virginia was an elementary school teacher for 35 years, 31 of which were spent at Altamahaw-Ossipee Elementary. My father Glenn taught high school math for six years, and then trained local school bus drivers in Alamance County for 26 years. Growing up in this environment has given me a unique perspective on the Alamance-Burlington School System.
My wife and I are both “natives” of Alamance County. We attended Elon Elementary, Western Middle, and Western Alamance High Schools. We were both in the band, and I also played piano and sang in the chorus. I took college preparatory classes while in high school, because my parents believed higher education was very important. I am thankful for many ABSS teachers who had an influence on my education and life. I take pride in being an alumnus of the Alamance-Burlington School System, and in seeing the success of our current students. All students in our school system deserve to have a great educational experience.
After I graduated from college, my career began with the Silicon Valley based Amdahl Corporation, located in Sunnyvale California. In 1993, I returned to North Carolina and began working for Integon Insurance Company and McGladrey & Pullen Accounting Firm, after which I became a consultant in the computer and networking field. For the past 15 years, I have been an assistant director of Information and Systems Technology at Elon University. My twenty-four years of experience as an IT professional will bring a needed technological perspective to the school board.
My wife Audrey and I have been married for 22 years, and we have two daughters. Our youngest daughter is in the fourth grade at Elon Elementary School, and our oldest daughter is in the eleventh grade at Western Alamance High School. We are members of Agape Baptist Church in Mebane, where I play the piano, have taught the teen Sunday school class, and have taken our teens on inner-city service mission trips. I believe being a current parent of children in the Alamance-Burlington School System and working with teens in the community motivates me to work hard to ensure our schools offer the best educational experience possible.
I believe a high-quality and well-rounded education is of vital importance for young people in this generation. Students need to be challenged and given opportunities to pursue excellence. Teachers need to be given the resources and freedom to teach in a manner that provides such challenges to students.
While I believe in conservative values and fiscal responsibility, I also believe the teaching and learning experience is enhanced by competitively attracting and keeping quality teachers, increasing the use of technology in the classroom, and providing safe and comfortable classroom environments.
I believe in working with our County Commissioners to increase resources for our schools through fiscally responsible ways. I will continue to listen to teachers, parents, and members of the community in order to support policies which will enhance teaching and learning in our schools.