OUR ENDORSEMENT School Board Dis 1: Jamie Haynes: Can parlay valuable classroom experience into policy-making role

Our Endorsemernt / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer video / Highlights of the candidacy of Jamie Haynes, endorsed by the award-winning 24/7 online news site for District 1 seat on the Volusia County School Board in the Tuesday, Aug. 28 Primary.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DEBARY, Fla. -- Jamie Haynes has a motto that fits into the theme of her campaign for the District 1 seat on the Volusia County School Board: 'Working for Every Student.'

Haynes is crystal clear on her run: "My career has centered around what is best for students and if elected to the School Board that will continue to be my primary focus."

She added, "I made the decision to run knowing I will have to step down from my current position and will decrease my salary to less than half of what I currently make."

It's precisely her mission and self-sacrifice, which is why Headline Surfer recommends Haynes for the District 1 School Board seat, encompassing DeLand, Orange City, Lake Helen, most of DeBary, and Northwest Volusia.

Haynes is crystal clear on her run: "My career has centered around what is best for students and if elected to the School Board that will continue to be my primary focus." 

She added, "I made the decision to run knowing I will have to step down from my current position and will decrease my salary to less than half of what I currently make."

It's precisely her mission and self-sacrifice, which is why Headline Surfer recommends Haynes for the District 1 School Board seat, encompassing DeLand, Orange City, Lake Helen, most of DeBary, and Northwest Volusia.

Haynes, 52, is a long-time resident of DeBary and a Volusia County Schools educator with 31 years of experience providing instruction and service to the students, teachers, staff, and parents. She's also a single mom of two grown children and "Nana" to an adorable grandson.

Should Haynes win the seat outright in Tuesday's primary, she would replace the incumbent, her brother, Dr. John Hill, elected four years ago to the district 1 seat. He's giving up the opportunity for a second term to run instead for the Group A, Seat 1 on the West Volusia Hospital Authority. 

In order to take the school board post outright and avoid a runoff in November, Haynes would have to garner at least 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary and then one more vote. Otherwise, the top two vote-getters would square off in the Nov. 6 general election. Though Haynes is a registered Republican, the race is nonpartisan.

Photo for Headline Surfer / Jamie Haynes, endorsed by Headline Surfer, is shown at right along with fellow District 1 School Board candidates Leslie LaRue and Al Bouie in a recent candidate forum sponsored by the Volusia League of Women Voters.
 
Haynes' opponents are Al Bouie, a Democrat, and Leslie LaRue, registered as an NPA.

Bouie, 72, is a former DeLand High School principal, who has dealt with adversity in his personal life. His 12-year-old daughter, Alicyn Leigh Bouie, then a DeLand Middle School student, was killed in a November 1994 car crash. 

LaRue, 48, married and a mother of four, is part of the 3 Moms advocacy group, with Kim Schwab Short, and Joanna Kaney-Olivari, who often take an antagonistic tone with the policies of the School Board. LaRue is employed as the registrar at George Marks Elementary School in DeLand.

Haynes graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Mathematics. She moved to Volusia County to teach after receiving her degree. She earned her Master of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood from Nova University.

Haynes has 30-plus years of teaching experience at both the elementary and secondary levels. 

Haynes' philosophy is that it "takes everyone working together to achieve the goal that all of our students will graduate.”

Her rationale is that as a school board policy maker she would push to see to it that the school district graduates students that are "on the path to becoming contributing and productive citizens.” 

Haynes has the acumen and the insights to be a valuable asset on the District 1 seat of the Volusia School Board. Headline Surfer believes Jamie Haynes is the best candidate and as such deserving of the award-winning online news outlet's endorsement who should be elected outright in Tuesday's primary.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.