From school board candidate Jeremy Stephenson, in response to Peter St. Onge’s “School board candidate is at it again with busing” (Oct. 29):
I will not apologize to this community, nor this paper, for being honest and upfront with them on my positions as well as those of others.
We have a small segment of our community calling for an income-based mandatory busing program similar to what they have in Wake County. In your recently released poll, 67 percent of households were against any program that utilized “diversity” as an assignment criterion. Imagine how upset the public would be were an income-based mandatory busing program enacted behind their backs. Not getting an answer on how some candidates are going to achieve diversity is a disservice to our citizens.
I stand firmly against this program. You have openly endorsed one pro-busing candidate. I will let the public decide which they prefer. I feel confident they do not want to return to a failed program of the past. Let’s look forward to making every single school, no matter where they are, an excellent school.