Thursday, April 19, 2007

GSI Endorsed candidate events

Good Morning Flint
4/19/07 by Terry Bankert

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School Board Candidate fundraisers. Stamps and yard signs are expensive. Stop by one or all of the following fundraisers. Meet the people who will turn our school system around. Volunter, contact the campaigns directly by email or phone.

April 21, Pancake Breakfest Fundraiser for Flint School Board Candidate Fred Bashir. Pierce Community Center (Also Pierce Golf Course) 2302 Brookside Drive at starting at 9:00am. Fred is running for the 4 year term Fred W. Bashir 1916 S. Averill Ave. Flint Mi. 48503 744-0958 4 year.

For the most convenient parking, enter the MCC campus from Longway Blvd.
Mott Community College Regional Technology Center Auditorium
The event is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
6: 30 -9 p.m.
Flint Area Public Affairs Debates
Flint Area League of Women Voters
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Flint Alumnae Chapter
Flint Board of Education Candidates Forum
Moderator: Bisi Onile-Ere, WJRT TV News reporter and anchor
Candidates for the 1 and 2 year terms will answer prepared questions between 6:30 and 7:35.
Candidates for 4 year terms will answer prepared questions between 7:45 and 9:00.
Refreshments and informal conversation with candidates will be available 6-6:30 and 9-9:30.

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More 4/18/07

From the Flint Journal on 4/17/07
Flint field is jammed
Three 4-year school board seats draw 13
By Melissa Burden and Bob WheatonJournal Staff Writers
[For the complete article see
Here it has been edited down... to the GSI endorsed candidates by Bankert]
FLINT - It's the largest field of contenders and the one with the most potential to affect the Board of Education for years to come.
Voters on May 8 will decide which candidates they want for a trio of four-year terms on the nine-seat board.
Many newcomers, also not surprisingly, say it's time for changes.
"Considering the number of people that are running, I think that's reflective of some things that the board may or may not be doing," said newcomer Antoinette Lockett, 46, a cosmetologist.
Outgoing Superintendent Walter Milton Jr.'s reform plan is in its first year but has dramatically changed the district by integrating middle schools into high school buildings and dropping the popular Challenge Program, magnet schools and the Help One Student to Succeed reading/mentoring program.
... John L. Topping Jr., 62, said they hope to restore HOSTS.
Topping, an attorney with a daughter at Central Academy and whose wife is a teacher in the district, also would like to see the magnet and Challenge programs restored.
Fred W. Bashir, 68, a retired GM supervisor, said most current board members seem to be "rubber-stamping" proposals.
"On a scale from one to 10, I'd grade them about a five, maybe a four," he said.
Bashir is the brother of Linda Thompson, the district's executive director of school transition. He said it would create no conflict if he served on the school board because he'd make a reasonable decision on anything that affected her department, just as he would with any matter.
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