Alan J. Claycomb, Tawanna Prophet-Brinkley and David Failing will compete for one five-year term seat.

Voters will decide on a new face on the school board May 9. The Dover Post asked each candidate in Caesar Rodney district to respond to three questions.

Three candidates, Alan J. Claycomb, Tawanna Prophet-Brinkley and David Failing will compete for one five-year term seat. The seat was previously held by Cheryl Precourt, who is stepping down.

Alan J. Claycomb

Why are you running?


As a Caesar Rodney parent, I have been directly involved with my children’s education for almost 30 years as a school volunteer and chaperone. I have decided to take the next step after many years of consideration and encouragement to become a member of the Caesar Rodney Board of Education.

As an older parent, I believe that my viewpoints, experience, values, and desire to be involved with the continuation of the Caesar Rodney School District providing quality and meaningful education to our students will be a great asset to our community for many years to come. I also believe that teachers should retain the flexibility at times to teach subjects tailored to the interests of the students in the class, and that it is vital for parents to remain supportive and involved with their children’s education all of the way through graduation.

What are the important issues facing the district?

I think the most important issue facing both students and parents alike is the continual challenge of obtaining a quality education in an ever-changing environment while respecting everyone as equally important member of the community.

What would you bring to the board of education?

I would bring great experience due to my involvement with all of my children’s education within the school district over the last three decades. My relationship with so many of the staff over the years has given me great insight and respect for what this great and historical school district brings to our children, and I want to be a part of the continuation of that as a Caesar Rodney School Board member.

Tawanna Prophet-Brinkley

Why are you running?

I believe the board should not only represent just the community, but educators who live in the community as well. I believe the current board is doing a wonderful job, but they could use the prospective of an educator. Having an educator on the board would give more insight about needs of the district and its students.

What are the important issues facing the district?

One of the most important issues facing the district is trying to meet the new demands of the current education requirements. The district is also facing the request from the state to make cuts in their budget and educational staff because of the state deficit.

What would you bring to the board of education?

What I would bring to the board is the insight as a parent and an educator. Being an educator is what separates me from the other candidates.

David P. Failing

Why are you running?

To help continue the traditions and culture that has made CR a great school. My grandfather, parents, siblings, children and now grandchildren have been or are CR students.

What are the important issues facing the district?

There are many challenging issues facing our district today. I think the number one issue now and into the future is funding. We have great people at CR and we need to continue to find ways to compensate them well so we can keep the best teachers and support staff working for our children.

What would you bring to the board of education?

I will bring a firm knowledge of our history and tradition of Excellence. I have operated a successful business for well over 30 years. I bring a business person’s perspective to the board. I have been the president of the Camden Wyoming Jaycees, the president of the Camden Wyoming Lions Club, and chairman of the board of Trustees for the Wyoming United Methodist Church. I will bring hard earned experience in cooperation and leadership to the board.

I think what separates me from the other candidates is the length of time I have been involved with our school district. I graduated in 1975, my eldest daughter graduated in 1994 and is currently the assistant principal at Postlethwait Middle School. My younger daughter graduated in 1996 and is currently the principal at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington D.C. I have a son at Fred Fifer Middle School and the youngest is at W.B. Simpson Elementary.

I know firsthand what is happening today in our schools and it is great stuff. We need to keep it going. I feel it is my turn to return the debt of gratitude to the school that has done so much for me and my family.