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Robert Cook

Robert Cook

Robert Cook

Age: 40

Education: Bachelor of Science, Business Management/Health Sciences, Liberty University, 4.0 GPA, Grad May 2015; MBA-Project Management, Liberty University, 3.91 GPA, anticipated graduation May 2019

Employment: Jan 2016- Present: Montana Army National Guard, Recruiting and Retention NCO, Bitterroot Valley;Oct 2010-Jan 2016 North Carolina Army National Guard, Recruiting and Retention Section Chief, Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill; Feb 2013- May 2014 NCARNG, Company 1SG, HHC 1st Bn, 120th Inf Rgt; Oct 2008- Oct 2010 NCARNG, 30th BCT Medical NCOIC/ 30th BTSB Ops NCOIC; Jun 2005-Oct 2008 NCARNG, Recruiting and Retention NCO, Wake County; Oct 2003-May 2005 NCARNG, Independent Duty Medic, 30th Inf Bde (H)(E); July 1995- Oct 2003 various assignments as welder, medic, infantryman, instructor, security manager, logistics manager

What do you see as the biggest challenge facing your school?

The most pressing issue facing Florence-Carlton Schools is consistent community growth and expanding demands in a period of limited resources. The next few decades will see an increase of community members and student population, straining existing resources and limited budgets. Effective growth management, budget control, and communicating a clear, concise vision for the future should be the primary concern of all community members.

Why is communication with the community important?

Communicating with the community is the purpose behind the position and not an aside. The school board members work for the community. The community is made up of the students, educators, parents, staff, taxpayers, elders, and community partners. The board merely works on behalf of these interests. It is inherent in the role of a public servant to serve all parties and to make efficient and effective decisions that accomplish the communities’ goals, while minimizing resource needs and enhancing the school system. None of these tasks can be accomplished without clear and effective communication.

Why are you the best candidate for school trustee?

I have four children in this school district and I feel the effects of the multiple demands and limited resources daily. I’m here because my kids and their friends, and my neighbors, and the community deserve someone who is dedicated to maintaining our history while developing our future. This future should be respectful of our community values, while open and willing to change and improvement of our position. I believe in the purpose of a grounded in reality yet well-rounded education; and know the value it adds to life. I understand sacrifice. I know an individual or community should always look for opportunities. I believe in the intrinsic potential of people. A community stands or falls by its people, and its values and identity. I believe I am the best candidate because I understand the need to merge all these concepts and concerns in order to best serve the community.

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