District 5 GCPS School Board candidate George Puicar speaks with Periodico La Vision

District 5 GCPS School Board candidate George Puicar speaks with Periodico La Vision

George Puicar para la Junta Escolar de Gwinnett

Posted by Periódico La Visión on Thursday, September 24, 2020

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AJC Reports: George Puicar speaks at Chamber Forum

AJC Reports: George Puicar speaks at Chamber Forum

September 16, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Democratic contenders for the Gwinnett County Board of Education did not participate in the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s candidate forum Tuesday night, leaving only the incumbent Republicans and a write-in candidate to answer the organization’s questions.

Karen Watkins, who is running for District 1, and Tanisha Banks, candidate for District 3, were previously listed as participating, but were removed from the lineup Monday. The chamber said Watkins and Banks declined to participate. Watkins did not respond to a request for comment as to why she did not take part in the forum as originally announced.

Tarece Johnson, the Democrat running in District 5, was never billed as a participant in the event. She defeated longtime board member Louise Radloff in the May primary and has no official Republican opponent. Write-in candidate George Puicar began his campaign for District 5 in late August and has been endorsed by the Gwinnett County Republican Party.

Watkins, Banks and Johnson did participate in the chamber’s forums during the primary. Video from those events is available on the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce YouTube channel.

Puicar and incumbent Republican board members Carol Boyce, of District 1, and Mary Kay Murphy, of District 3, did take part in the Tuesday evening forum, discussing issues including how to better retain and attract quality teachers and how to prepare students to enter the workforce. The candidates all spoke in the Gwinnett Chamber offices, maintaining social distance, while the forum was broadcast via Zoom.

Boyce, in her fifteenth year on the board, praised the district’s progress in her tenure and said keeping her and Murphy in their seats was key to continued success.

“Gwinnett County Public Schools needs to continue on the path that it is,” Boyce said. “We do not need change. We have a very successful school system, and I want to make sure that we have innovations on the way, and that we continue to provide the very best education we can for all of our students.”

All three praised the technical and career-focused programs in the county’s schools already, citing them as strong options for students who aren’t seeking a four-year college education. Parents and school counselors should help students decide between paths including technical education, career skill development and more traditional curricula, Puicar said.

“Finding the best path for each student is key,” he said.

Creating paths for teachers to carve out careers in Gwinnett is also key for the district’s success, said Murphy, a former teacher herself. Making programs including loan forgiveness and job shadowing available could improve the district’s ability to recruit teachers in metro Atlanta, she said, and more opportunities for teachers to apply for grants could help them grow while remaining in Gwinnett.

While Democratic candidates Banks and Watkins were not at the Tuesday forum, they did participate in one held Monday by the League of Women Voters and Gwinnett SToPP, a parent group dedicating to ending the school-to-prison pipeline that is believed to begin with harsh discipline in public schools. Both advocated for more counselors and mental health professionals in schools, and fewer school resource officers. Boyce and Murphy praised the work of Gwinnett’s school resource officers, saying they make students safer and set a good example for children.

“They help bring a sense of community policing within the schools,” Boyce said Monday.

Banks, a teacher at one of Gwinnett’s intervention schools for students with disciplinary issues, said she sees firsthand that officers are needed in schools, but that they are not the only solution.

“SROs are an asset in the schools, however, not 96 of them,” Banks said. “If you compare — do you know how many social workers we have? We have 21 social workers over 144 schools. We need to do better.”

Banks and Watkins also called for more transparency in the board’s actions and criticized the district for requiring formal public records requests for some data instead of listing it online. Boyce countered by offering her personal phone number to anyone who wanted to call with questions.

Watkins said the district’s inconsistency in its reopening plans — they changed three times over the summer — illustrates poor planning and opacity in decision-making.

“The school system should be accountable and have to answer to the community,” Watkins said.

My name is George Puicar!

My name is George Puicar!

Mi nombre es GEORGE PUICAR, soy un inmigrante, nací en Rumania, vine a los Estados Unidos en 2004 y soy ciudadano estadounidense naturalizado en 2013. Estoy casado con mi esposa Emily, quien también es inmigrante de México. y juntos Dios nos ha bendecido con tres niños que actualmente están en edad escolar. Nuestra familia ha vivido y trabajado en el Distrito 5 del condado de Gwinnett durante 15 años. Trabajo y trabajaré duro por y para ti. Soy un trabajador de clase trabajadora, técnico certificado en Aire Acondicionado y Calefacción, y tengo un título en Teología, para obtener este último título se me requirió estudiar y completar horas de trabajo en griego, hebreo, así como en Teología Sistemática, Teología Bíblica. , Ética y muchas otras áreas. Se podría decir que nuestra familia es la representación y realización del sueño americano, ¡y tendrían razón! Hoy le pido a USTED que escriba y / o agregue mi nombre en la boleta del 3 de noviembre. Miles de personas deben recordar ESCRIBIR o AGREGAR mi nombre manualmente en la boleta para ser elegidos.Después de revisar las políticas y posiciones del candidato opositor, nos dimos cuenta de que él no representa lo que nosotros y muchos de los miembros de nuestra comunidad queremos para nuestros niños en las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Gwinnett (GCPS). Después de muchas conversaciones, nuestra familia unida, decidimos apoyar a la comunidad, convirtiéndonos así en candidatos por nombre. Desplácese por su boleta hasta que encuentre la sección de Junta de Educación y agregue mi nombre manualmente; para que pueda ser elegido sobre mi oponente. ¡RECUERDA! Para votar por mí, debe escribir manualmente mi nombre en la boleta. https://www.facebook.com/writeingeorgepuicar/

My name is GEORGE PUICAR, I am an immigrant, I was born in Romania, I came to the United States in 2004 and I am a naturalized US citizen in 2013. I am married to my wife Emily, who is also an immigrant from Mexico. and together God has blessed us with three children who are currently of school age. Our family has lived and worked in Gwinnett County District 5 for 15 years. I work and will work hard for you. I am a working-class worker, certified Air Conditioning and Heating technician, and have a degree in Theology, to obtain the latter degree I was required to study and complete hours of work in Greek, Hebrew, as well as Systematic Theology, Biblical Theology, Ethics, and many other areas. You could say that our family is the representation and realization of the American dream, and they would be right! Today I ask YOU to write and/or add my name on the November 3rd ballot. Thousands of people must remember to WRITE or ADD my name manually on the ballot to be elected.After reviewing the opposition candidate’s policies and positions, we realized that he does not represent what we and many of our community members want for our children in the Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS). After many conversations, our united family, we decided to support the community, thus becoming candidates by name. Scroll down your ballot until you find the Board of Education section and add my name manually; so that I can be chosen over my opponent. REMEMBER! To vote for me, you must manually write my name on the ballot. https://www.facebook.com/writeingeorgepuicar/