Haddaway Defeats Union Supported Candidate in JCPS District 4
In the closest Jefferson County School Board race, Chuck Haddaway has won the District 4 seat covering areas of southwestern parts of the county.The final tally was down to three candidates, Melissa “Missy” Smith (27 percent of the vote) and Lloyd “Chip” White (28 percent of the vote), who was backed by the teacher’s union. Haddaway earned 33 percent—or 9,554 votes-- from 80 precincts.Haddaway is a parent and is on the SBDM at Carter Traditional elementary and family resource center at Okolona Elementary. Haddaway also serves on state boards and Kentucky League of Cities.Here a rundown on Haddaway's opinions for these key issues:How to improve student achievement: Haddaway supports preparing students for career. He says any student should be able to excel in any school across the district. He wants to focus on graduation rates and part of that is supporting the new state assessment, including the common core standards.Student assignment plan: Haddaway supports the recent changes to the JCPS student assignment plan but wants to continue to monitor it. He says it needs more time to see if it will be successful. Further he feels like parents have options around the district, but all the schools need to offer a good program.School budget/taxing: Haddaway says he doesn’t like new taxes, but he trusts that the board were efficient and conflicted with the decision to continue to raise taxes. He further feels like more cuts in administration could happen.