Kushner elected chair of Wake school board
Posted December 3, 2013
Cary, N.C. — Wake County Board of Education members voted 7-2 Tuesday to name Christine Kusher the new chairwoman over current chairman Keith Sutton.
"I'm humbled to have the confidence and support of my colleagues," Kushner said after the vote.
The board also welcomed four newly elected members – Tom Benton, Monika Johnson-Hostler, Zora Felton and Bill Fletcher – who were all sworn in Tuesday night.
Benton, a retired principal, was appointed to fill a vacant board seat in February and was elected to a new term in the Oct. 8 election. He represents District 1, which covers eastern Wake County.
"I believe so strongly in the role of public schools," Benton said Tuesday. "We want to make sure that everybody has the same opportunities that all of us have had."
Fletcher was appointed in March to fill a board vacancy and previously had served three terms on the board from 1993 to 2005. He represents District 9, which covers western Wake County.
"My phone is available. My email is available. I want to hear what you have to say," he said.
Felton, a retired Wake County Public School System teacher, represents District 7, which covers west Raleigh and Morrisville. She spent 25 years in the classroom and comes from a family of teacher, according to the school system.
"I admire our young people. They have great growth. They have great potential. We just need to put our faith in them," she said. "We have a wealth of knowledge in this county and opportunities for young people."
Johnson-Hostler represents District 2, which covers southeastern Wake County. She has worked as an advocate for women and children for the past 16 years with the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Her husband is a high school math teacher in Wake County.
"I couldn’t imagine in 1993 that a girl from Thomasville would be here," she said. "Without a shadow of a doubt, I’m doing this for all children."