Maryville Schools are gold standard
Last week, I attended the forum for Maryville School Board candidates, hosted by the MEA. While I’m not running for re-election, it was important to me to see all the candidates put forth their views.
Throughout this election cycle, I have been impressed by my fellow board member Doug Jenkins and Maryville Foundation (MCSF) Chair Candy Morgan, and I was pleased to see them present such a positive vision of Maryville Schools’ future during that forum.
Over our past four years serving on the board together, Doug Jenkins has been a great source of steadiness and character. His experience as the only former school teacher on the board and as a builder lends a great perspective to many issues faced by the board and by local taxpayers. For example, he helped Maryville citizens save millions through rebidding and refinancing the Coulter Grove project.
Candy Morgan has also shown exceptional leadership in her capacity as chair of MCSF. The money raised by the Foundation in recent years has benefited programs throughout the system and funded $100,000 worth of technology needs at Coulter Grove, also saving taxpayer funds.
While the challenges have been great for Maryville Schools, so have the system’s results in recent years.
Last year, Maryville was awarded the SCORE award for best district in the state. Earlier this month, SCORE yet again awarded one of our schools its highest honor.
In my experience, voters in Maryville value sound judgment, steadiness and results, and they don’t tend to embrace a lot of “drama” in their elected officials.
The Maryville School system is the gold standard for education in Tennessee. I encourage voters to seek input from current and retired teachers in this city before casting their vote. It’s my hope that continued sound leadership will bring accomplishment in coming years.
Maryville Board of Education
205 Duncan Drive
Maryville, TN 37803