© 2021 254 North Front Street, Suite 300, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 910.343.1640
News Classical 91.3 Wilmington 92.7 Wilmington 96.7 Southport
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

NHC Board of Ed Candidate Jeannette Nichols (R) on the Drawbacks of Busing

New Hanover County Public Schools
Jeannette Nichols (R), is running for her fifth term on New Hanover County's Board of Education.

Three open seats on New Hanover County’s Board of Education this year mean voters will decide among two incumbents and four political newcomers.  One of those incumbents, Republican Jeannette Nichols, is seeking her fifth four-year term.

As a retired teacher, Jeannette Nichols says she’s passionate about meeting the needs of all the students in her district.  Nichols says the Board is working to improve the performance of the failing high-poverty schools – which also happen to serve mostly students of color.  But doing away with the neighborhood school construct and busing students to other areas, she says, is not the answer. 

"If we disperse these children, they may not have the same services that they have today because in many of the schools, we have smaller class sizes. We have additional teacher assistance. We have programs with reading coaches to help them and more social and emotional support through social services."

When the Board does tackle redistricting in several years, Jeannette Nichols says she’ll solicit stakeholder input through forums and public discussions.