1. What is your ultimate goal for the Tyler County education system?
My ultimate goal is to strengthen academics. Currently, Tyler County schools are ranked 5th in the state, helping to improve our students’ preparation to receive scholarships and excel in careers of their choice.
2. Why do you want to join Tyler County BOE?
It has been an honor to serve on Tyler County Council for the past four years and to work with our educators to positively impact the youth of our county. I believe that we can continue this momentum next term for the well-being of our students as well.
3. What are the leadership responsibilities of school board members?
Currently, members of the West Virginia School Board are responsible for managing the operating finances and governance of public schools in our county. Board members must also keep the future of our students and our communities in mind by listening to the suggestions and values of our community.
4. What specific strengths would you bring to the board?
My strength, I believe, is my impartial approach without any personal investment in any particular program within the school system.
5. What do you see as the role of technology in education?
Technology is increasing as we move forward and the need to stay on top of the latest technologies is a constant concern. The influx of natural gas operations into the region is one example, as survey crews use drones to access remote sites. The council has set up training courses that teach students how to fly drones as part of pursuing FAA certifications.
6. What should our school district be doing to keep students and staff safe?
School resource officers have been placed on every campus in the county. I believe we need to keep the SROs trained on the current issues facing us today and ensure they are on site from the arrival of the first bus to the last bus departure. Anti-bullying, drug and alcohol programs need to be reinforced and taught by trained professionals. We must make every school a safe place for every student in Tyler County.
7. What specific skills or experiences qualify you to serve on the school board?
As a current board member, I have completed all required training through the WV State Board of Education. Seven hours a year are needed and at this time I have 15.5 hours for the year.
8. What do you think are the current challenges facing public education in our state?
Currently, one of the biggest problems is the lack of broadband internet service throughout the county. In addition, it has become more difficult to find and hire qualified teachers.
9. If elected, what do you think would be the main accomplishments of the board during your years of service?
If re-elected, I would like to invest in our schools’ music programs and strive to provide new opportunities for our students by adding a string section to one of the most accomplished music departments in the school. State. Additionally, with a focus on the safety of our students, I will work with state officials to secure funding for a second bridge at the Tyler Consolidated complex to ease traffic congestion and provide emergency access to and from campus.