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Paul Anderson, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 25, 2018

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Paul Anderson. (© FlaglerLive)

Paul Anderson is one of five candidates in two races for Flagler County School Board in the Aug. 28 primary election.

The two school board elections–for District 2 and 4–are non-partisan races: all registered voters in Flagler County are eligible to cast a ballot in the two races–whether registered Democratic, Republican, Independent or from a minor party. (The District 1 seat was also up this year, but incumbent Andy Dance was re-elected without opposition.)


You may cast a vote in both races regardless of the district, the town or the subdivision you live in. The election on Aug. 28 will decide the winner in District 4 between incumbent Trevor Tucker and Paul Anderson because that race has just two candidates. District 2 is a three-way race between incumbent Janet McDonald, John Fischer and Carl Jones. The race in this case would be decided only if a candidate wins better than 50 percent of the vote. Short of that, the top two vote-getters will go on to a run-off, to be decided in the general election on Nov. 6. 

FlaglerLive submitted 11 identical questions to the school board candidates, who replied in writing, with the understanding that some follow-up questions may be asked, and that all exchanges would be on the record. Questions appear in bold, follow-up questions, when necessary, appear in bold and italics, and may be awaiting answers. When a candidate fails to answer a question, that’s noted in red. The questions and follow-ups attempt to elicit precise answers, but the candidates don’t always comply.

School board members serve four-year terms and are paid $33,447 a year.

As he did two years ago, the first time he lost a race for school board, Anderson declined to answer questions.

The Questions in Summary: Quick Links

Paul Anderson: The Basics:

Place and Date of Birth: July 23, 1969. Place not disclosed.
Current job: Not disclosed. 
Party Affiliation: Republican
Net Worth: Not disclosed.
Resume: Not disclosed. 
Website: Not disclosed.

1.    What is your vision for public education in Flagler County and how are you uniquely qualified to help enact it within the limitations of the job? If you’re an incumbent, how have you enacted it in your previous years? If you’re a challenger, what have you done to prepare?

Paul Anderson did not answer the question.

See Trevor Tucker’s answer

2.     Tell us who you are as a person—what human qualities and shortcomings you’ll bring to the board, what your temperament is like: if you’re an incumbent, what do you consider may have been a mistake or a misjudgment on your part in your official capacity—something you’d do over, differently–in the past four years? If you’re a challenger, apply the question to your work or civic involvement.

Paul Anderson did not answer the question.

See Trevor Tucker’s answer

3.     The Flagler school district earned a B for the seventh year in a row. If you’re the incumbent, how do you defend your tenure from reflecting a middling performance, at least in the state’s eyes and in the eyes of families or businesses looking to relocate to Flagler?

Paul Anderson did not answer the question.

See Trevor Tucker’s answer

4. What are the district’s three brightest successes and the three failures that affect students most? What will be your chief priorities regarding student achievement, within the limits of the doable—that is, four years from now, what can we look back to and say: you were responsible?

Paul Anderson did not answer the question.

See Trevor Tucker’s answer

5.      In 2022, the last year of your tenure, should you win, the district’s half-penny surtax on the sales tax expires. The district will all but certainly seek to renew it. Do you support its renewal? Would you alter its scope and fund different items from those funded now?

Paul Anderson did not answer the question.

See Trevor Tucker’s answer

6. The County Commission through the sheriff pay for half the cost of sheriff’s deputies in schools but it doesn’t have to: security is a district responsibility. If Amendment 1 passes and county government revenue drops next year with the expansion of the homestead exemption (which would not affect school revenue), the county may retreat from its 50-50 commitment. If it does, how do you propose making up the difference? If arming staff as opposed to contracting with the sheriff is the more affordable way to go, would you?

Paul Anderson did not answer the question.

See Trevor Tucker’s answer

7.      Explain Flagler County’s one-to-one technology initiative and how it’s paid for. Is the district spending too much on technology? Too little? By what objective measure would you say the initiative has been a success—or has fallen short?

Paul Anderson did not answer the question.

See Trevor Tucker’s answer

8.      Define the limits of a student’s free expression in and out of school not necessarily as the district’s Code of Conduct sets them out, but as you would craft them, including what a student may or may not say on social media. Evaluate the district’s use of a contractor such as Social Sentinel to monitor certain social media activities on and off campus.

Paul Anderson did not answer the question.

See Trevor Tucker’s answer

9.    Amendment 8 stacks three proposals into one, in hopes of winning a 60 percent majority. Let’s break it down as if it were separate parts: Do you support term limits for school board members? Explain your answer. Explain the potential effects on the district of that portion of the proposed constitutional amendment that would shift charter-school oversight to the state, from the local district, and analyze for us how effectively you think the board has overseen existing or potential charter schools in the past five years.

Paul Anderson did not answer the question.

See Trevor Tucker’s answer

10.     Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the district’s Flagship program.

Paul Anderson did not answer the question.

See Trevor Tucker’s answer

11.  Have you ever been charged with a felony or a misdemeanor anywhere in Flagler, Florida or the United States (other than a speeding ticket), or faced a civil action other than a divorce, but including bankruptcies? If so, please explain, including cases where charges did not lead to conviction.

Paul Anderson did not answer the question.

See Trevor Tucker’s answer

2018 Election Candidates, Flagler County

Races
Candidates
County Commission District 2Greg Hansen, Incumbent (Rep)Abby Romaine (Rep)Dennis McDonald (NPA)
County Commission District 4Nate McLaughlin, Incumbent (Rep)Joe Mullins (Rep)Jane Gentile-Youd (NPA)
School Board District 1Andy Dance, IncumbentUnopposed
School Board District 2Janet McDonald, IncumbentJohn FischerCarl Jones
School Board District 4Trevor Tucker, IncumbentPaul Anderson
Palm Coast City Council Seat 2Jack HowellJon Netts
Palm Coast City Council Seat 4Jose Eduardo BranquinhoCorinne Marie HermleJohn Tipton
Florida House District 24Paul Renner, Incumbent (Rep)Adam Morley (Dem)
Congressional District 6, Democratic PrimaryStephen SevignyNancy SoderbergJohn Upchurch
Congressional District 6, GOP PrimaryFred CostelloMichael WaltzJohn Ward
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8 Responses for “Paul Anderson, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview”

  1. lnzc says:

    Why wouldn’t Paul answer questions?

  2. gmath55 says:

    Trevor Tucker submitted an incomplete resume and this guy Paul Anderson didn’t answer questions. In fact Paul Anderson didn’t do anything! So, what do you think Paul Anderson will do as Flagler County School Board? You can’t get to many votes for doing nothing!

  3. woodchuck says:

    Great interview.

  4. Lazaruis says:

    What a waste of space .
    No info worth wasting your time reading the article .

  5. tulip says:

    No answers=no check mark on the ballot by his name

  6. voter says:

    His unwillingness, lack of caring, or inability to answer these questions tells me much more than his responses likely would have. Although I obviously did not agree with everything the other four school board candidates responded, they all at least gave the effort and seemed to understand the issues. I am glad Flaglerlive posted this candidate’s lack of response. Very informative!

  7. Mark says:

    This is the best thing to come out of Mr. Anderson’s mouth this whole campaign.

  8. Lin Lee says:

    Maybe if he would have answered the questions, we could make an informed decision since we don’t know where to find information on these candidates. Guess Tucker will have my vote.

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