Thursday, August 23, 2007

Questionnaire: OCDP

age, 47

place of residence, 205 Ukiah Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Monroe County Community College, A.S.
University of Michigan, B.S., M.D.

campaign website,

occupation, Physician scientist, Duke University and Durham Veterans Affairs Hospital

1. What are the top 2-3 issues facing the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, and what is your position on these issues? (50 words or less)

Improving student achievement for all children is the top priority; I support proven high impact approaches to education. Planning for growth and budgetary constraints will remain important issues; I support improving communications with the town on growth issues and working with the commissioners to improve the budget process.

2. Why should the people of Chapel Hill -Carrboro City School District support your candidacy? (50 words or less)

I have broad experience with our school system through roles as parent, volunteer, and board member that allows me to make informed and reasoned decisions that are best for all students. I support evidence-based educational strategies that are proven to increase achievement and work collaboratively with others to improve education.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Questionnaire: WRAL


Mike Kelley


205 Ukiah Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27514




wife, Elise Hoffman; four children


Monroe County Community College, A.S.
University of Michigan, B.S., M.D.


Physician Scientist

Political Affiliation:

The board of education is a non-partisan election

Top three priorities if elected:

1. Improve achievement so every child attains his/her full potential as a successful and healthy adult
2. Work with county and town leaders to plan for growth and budget realities while advocating for necessary funding for school needs.
3. Assure the schools model good citizenship through sound environmental and employment practices, and are good stewards of public funds.

How to contact:

Home: 919-969-8734

Questionnaire: News and Observer


Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School Board of Education


Mike Kelley




Physician scientist, Duke University and Durham Veterans Affairs Hospital


Monroe County Community College, A.S.
University of Michigan, B.S., M.D.


The Board of Education election is a non-partisan office. I was elected to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education in 2003.


School board-related activities (2003-2007)
Co-Chair, Redistricting Committees, 2006 and 2007
Curriculum Advisory Committee
Drug Abuse Task Force
Health Advisory Committee
Technology Advisory Committee
Head Start Policy Council
Special Needs Advisory Committee
North Carolina School Board Association’s Legislative Committee
Liaison to School Governance Committees at East Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill High School, Culbreth Middle School, Scroggs Elementary School

Other activities
Member Rashkis interim School Governance Committee, 2003
Treasurer, Chapel Hill-Carrboro chapter of Partners for the Advancement of Gifted Education
Officer US Public Health Service for 8 years
Parent volunteer for Math Superstars at Estes Hills Elementary School
Science Day Symposium presenter at Culbreth Middle School
Hands-On-Science instructor
Instructor, National Science Foundation funded program for science teacher training
YMCA Indian Princess Program Tribe Chief

WHY SHOULD YOU BE ELECTED? (100 words maximum)

I have broad experience with our school system through my roles as parent of four children, volunteer, and board member for the last four years. This experience along with my professional skills allows me to make informed and reasoned decisions that are in the best interest of our students. I have consistently supported evidence-based educational strategies that are proven to increase achievement, worked collaboratively with elected and other officials to improve communications over my term, and advocated for more open and accessible board meetings that allow consideration of all stakeholders in the decision making process.

CONTACT INFORMATION (including Web site, if applicable):

Address: 205 Ukiah Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Home phone: 919-969-8734

Please answer these next questions in up to 250 words each:

1) What single area of education in the district needs the most work and why?

The main objective that remains in most need of continuing improvement is student achievement. State and federal proficiency levels will increase again next year and there are already some students who have not met existing levels of proficiency. Two of the elementary schools are in school improvement status under No Child Left Behind and one school received no recognition from the state’s ABC program. Without a significant jump in student achievement, too many students will not pass required benchmarks of achievement and ultimately graduate from high school. On a broader level, with each passing year, there is more information to learn and the knowledge our students need to assure our nation’s future success continues to expand. Thus, we need to accelerate education for all students.

2) How will you balance improving the school district with the county's tax constraints?

My duty as a school board member is to first assess the legitimate educational needs of the school district, taking into consideration input from various sources including public comment. Once the county’s tax constraint is clear, which in the past four years has occurred through budget approval by the county commissioners, prioritization of the various school needs is performed. The particular challenges of this past budget year should lead to revision of this process so that the tax constraints are available during the school system’s budget process. I will continue to advocate for broad community discussion of alternative budget arrangements, such as direct taxing authority for the school boards, as well as improved and earlier communication of budgetary drivers between the county and school system.

3) How could the board better plan for growth in the district?

The district uses several models that project student enrollment for 10 years in advance. These models have accurately predicted the need for new schools and predict for future schools including elementary school #11 and middle school #5 within the next decade. The school system is also a co-signer with the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro and the county to the Schools Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance, which provides a commitment to fund new school construction in pace with development approved by the towns. The school system and county are currently reviewing the student generation ratios that indicate how many students are predicted to reside within a development. These ratios will likely need to be revised upward and the pertinent data should be reviewed carefully by the school board and discussed with the county commissioners. The school board should also improve communication with the towns in regard to growth to assure the towns are mindful of the adverse impacts of unregulated rapid development on student stability (redistricting occurs with the opening of each new school) and the financial implications of school construction.

Announcement: Kelley to Seek Re-election


For release July 17, 2007

Michael Kelley Files for City School Board

Michael (Mike) Kelley today filed for re-election to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education. He is a parent of four children who attend or have attended district schools. He was initially elected to the board in 2003.
"While our community has long placed a high priority on public education we need to be efficient in how we continue to deliver a high quality education to all children. This year’s budget process was more challenging than usual and suggests continuing challenges ahead. We need to continue to improve our school system to adapt to a changing world but need to do so in a way that is as cost effective as possible. As we go forward, the continuing challenges facing our schools need to be managed to maximize the opportunity for excellence for each child."
During his tenure on the board, Kelley has participated in multiple board committees including Redistricting Committees in 2006 and 2007, Curriculum Advisory Committee, Drug Abuse Task Force, Health Advisory Committee, Technology Advisory Committee, and board liaison to Head Start Policy Council, Special Needs Advisory Committee, and the School Improvement Team (previously School Governance Committee) at several schools. He is also a member of the North Carolina School Board Association’s Legislative Committee, which helps set the legislative platform for the state-wide organization.
Before joining the board in 2003, Kelley has been a parent school volunteer and active in other education-related organizations. As a result of redistricting, a move, and program participation, Kelley's four children have attended half the schools in the district. "With about 18 more child-years of education before our children are through high school, we continue to be committed to the public schools." In the fall, he will have one child in elementary, middle, and high school, and the fourth in college.
Kelley, 47, is a physician scientist at Duke University and the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. He divides his professional time between medicine and research. He is chief of the Hematology/Oncology service at the Durham VA Hospital. His research focuses on the treatment and prevention of lung cancer.
Kelley is married to Elise Hoffman. Prior to coming to Chapel Hill in 1998, he worked at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland. Kelley received his undergraduate education from Monroe County Community College and the University of Michigan, and earned his medical degree in 1985 from the University of Michigan.

Contact information:
Michael Kelley
205 Ukiah Lane
Chapel Hill, NC 27514