Years of civic-minded volunteering and working with youth in the community led Jason “Levi” Shore to run as one of three candidates for the city district seat on the Elkin Board of Education.
“I am effectively an Elkin area native. I grew up in Jonesville, and attended Elkin High School,” said Shore. “My first job was working in Elkin Park as a lifeguard when I was 16.”
He went on to graduate from Elkin High School, and then from Western Carolina University. “After working about six years with YMCA in Forsyth County, 10 years ago I moved back here, and I have been program supervisor for Elkin Recreation and Parks.
“I certain love the community, and being part of the community,” said Shore.
He and his wife, Ginger, are heavily involved as members of the Elkin Jaycees, an organization for which Shore served as president last year. Their son, Silas, is in fourth grade at Elkin Elementary School. “I do enjoy coaching all his teams he’s on,” Shore said of his son.
After considering running for office two years ago, but feeling he wasn’t ready at the time, Shore said he decided to run this time for several reasons.
“Number one, I want what is best for our school system. I want it to be the best it can be, and I feel I have some things to offer,” he said. “One qualification I have is certainly knowing the community well. To do my job, I have to partner with other agencies and community members — teachers, parents, volunteers, businesses — to make what I do successful. I think to make a school system successful, it takes those partnerships.
“Also, I know how to listen. I have to listen every day, and I’ve learned over the years how to take diverse and conflicting opinions and meld them together to make a positive decision and move forward in a positive manner,” said Shore.
“The other thing that gave me quite a bit of confidence to run was my work with the Jaycees, being president and on the board, I’ve done things I never thought I would before. We took an organization with virtually no money in the bank to one that just donated $40,000 to the town,” he said. “I feel like I can speak to fiscal responsibility and budget concerns.
“I think Elkin is blessed with some really good resources — teachers and a strong community. Traditionally we’ve done well with the resources we have. My concern is the loss in teaching positions over the last few years. It is something that I would definitely work to keep are teacher positions here in Elkin, and work to recruit the best possible teachers to Elkin.”
He said he would like to make sure the school system is providing “any and all opportunities for students to be exposed to new technology and new information, but I do believe in a balanced education that includes music, art, physical education that balances with technology. Trying to find that balance is important to me, and including core education is important, too.”
Shore said he has no specific agenda in running for office. “It is more just lending my opinions and knowledge to a group to maintain at a high level and recruit the best teachers we can,” he said. “I feel really bless to have the community support I’ve had so far. It is a good boost for me that people support the idea and experience I bring to the table.”
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.