Second, I will work hard. And I am able at this point in my life to dedicate time and energy to doing so. Although I may be more knowledgeable than most about factors involved in public education, I also know that there are topics and issues I must learn more about. I promise to do what is necessary to be a useful, engaged, and effective school board member.
Third, I have observed for decades the divisiveness and distrust that often exist between school boards and their local governing bodies. I will do what I can to be a knowledgeable and trustworthy partner not only to my peers on the Board of Education but to the commissioners who serve Blount County. That will require open, candid and creative discussions with members of both groups as we pursue the same goal: providing the best possible education to the children of Blount County.