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A runoff election will decide Rockingham County's last race of the season: the board of education's District 3 representative.


In Rockingham County, two school board candidates have yet to experience either the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat.

They're playing the waiting game, something that will end Dec. 3. On that day, voters will choose either Debra Paschal or Freddie Brame in a runoff election for the board of education's District 3 seat.On Nov. 5, top vote-getter Paschal won 838 votes - not enough for the 40 percent majority needed to win in the tight, six-candidate race. Brame, who placed second with 527 votes, called for a runoff later that week.

Candidates say they've used the last month to pitch their views to voters in seven precincts in the Bethany, Monroeton and Wentworth communities, and the county's central and southern rural areas.

``Parents want to be more involved in the decisions made by the school board,' said Paschal, 35, a unit coordinator at Annie Penn Hospital in Reidsville. ``I see that as a responsibility of school board members, not to speak for (themselves), but for the community as a whole.

She thinks the school board should seek residents' opinions more often through public hearings, such as those held for a controversial redistricting plan that parents shot down.

``In any major decision, there should be a public forum to let parents speak out.'

Paschal, a 1979 graduate of Reidsville High School, holds a business degree from Hardbarger Junior College in Raleigh. She and her husband, Dennis, live in Wentworth and have three school-age children.

Brame has focused his attention on the proposed middle school in Wentworth, which would house sixth- through eighth-graders from Bethany, Lincoln, Monroeton and Wentworth schools.

Brame said he hopes the curriculum can be expanded with the addition of full-time cultural arts teachers if those students are consolidated into the new middle school.

``If we brought these middle school students together in one location, we wouldn't have to share teachers,' said Brame, 43, a progressive dye designer at AMP Inc. in High Point.

``They could sign up for electives once a day rather than once a week.'

Brame graduated from Wentworth School in 1971 and earned a mechanical drafting degree from Rockingham Community College. He and his wife, Rebekah(cq), have two school-age children. The Brames live in Monroeton.

Paschal nor Brame has held public office before.

The winner will join returning board members Valerie Eggleston, Herman Hines and Nell Rose; newly elected members Jeff Eanes, Sandi(cq) Gann and Carol Wright; and Lounetta(cq) Vaden, appointed by the board on Nov. 6 to replace Ronnie Cassidy, who resigned in September.

All members will be sworn in Dec. 9.

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