Candidate Survey: Fred Gregg for Garrett County Board of Education
Masters in Education, University of Maryland, 1991
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Retired teacher, currently own Gregg’s Pharmacy in Oakland, MD and Terra Alta,WV, and WildWood Athletic Club
30 years as a teacher in Garrett County
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Why are you running for office?
To provide the organizational leadership and strategic thinking needed to create the financial stability that our school system requires if it is to successfully meet present and future educational and economic challenges.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
“The Age of Turbulence” by Alan Greenspan. This book helped me to understand the interrelationship between fiscal policy and modern capitalism.
What is your favorite book about education, and why?
“Letters From Jenny” edited by Gordon W. Allport. After reading this book I better appreciated the impact that personal experiences and individual personality have on learning.
What will be your top priority on the Board of Education?
To establish a cooperative working relationship between all parties in our system – commissioners, administrative staff, educational staff, support staff, and the elected board.
What is the biggest issue facing your county schools?
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland schools?
1. Unfunded mandates
2. Behavioral disruptions in the classroom
3. Attraction and retention of quality teachers
Have you read your county schools curriculum? If so, which parts do you like and which parts do you dislike?
What is your position on school spending?
Funding must meet the needs of the school system. It is our duty to demonstrate to the fiscal authority that the money allocated to us is spent responsibly.
Please identify the three areas which you believe should be prioritized when it comes to school funding
Curriculum Development, School Maintenance, Teacher Pay
What is your position on teacher tenure?
I support tenure so long as it does not protect habitually ineffective teachers. We need to improve our evaluation process, the protocol for re-training and, if necessary, terminating ineffective teachers.
What is your position on standardized testing?
In theory, standardized testing can be beneficial. The problem is that instruction eventually focuses on what the student needs to know to excel on the test.
What is your position on classroom size?
Classroom size should be dependent on the grade level and the subject being taught. Appropriate student numbers should allow for individualized instruction when needed.
Do you believe the Board of Education should have taxation authority?
No. The taxing authority should be reserved for the fiscal authority, which in Garrett County lies with the commissioners.