Barrett Files for Re-election to CHCCS Board of Education

July 7, 2017

For Immediate Release

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Barrett Files for Re-election to CHCCS Board of Education

Current Chairman James Barrett filed for re-election today to the Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools Board of Education, saying he looks forward to one more term to continue the district’s efforts to give every student an excellent education. 

“Six years on the board have gone by fast, and while we’ve made progress in many areas, I still have a long list of things we need to do,” Barrett said. “I first ran for the board with a focus on equity—and that remains my focus.”

Barrett grew up in the Chapel Hill school system; his son just graduated from East Chapel Hill High, and his daughter is a sophomore. 

“I am deeply invested in the values of Chapel Hill and Carrboro—rooted in a high-quality education, which we need to provide to every single student, regardless of race, wealth, differing abilities, or anything else.”

Barrett notes progress on some of the themes of previous campaigns: providing more transparency in budgeting by adding expenses by understandable categories (see; bringing a real focus on equity, now with a new superintendent who says “equity is the work.”

 “The issue of transparency continues to be a priority for me—transparency in decision-making and improved communication from the district and schools to students, parents, and the community. The district must provide this, and I pledge to continue to be available to discuss any matters of concern.”




I wrote this column in the Herald-Sun as a kick-off to my campaign -- it is a challenging question but reflecting on it brought out my passion for why I want to be re-elected.

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