- A few Wilson County University Board races contested in common electiond
- Just one Lebanon Special College Board seat to be voted on in Aug. 4 election
3 Wilson County University Board seats and 1 Lebanon Unique School District board seat highlight contested races for the Aug. 4 Wilson County basic election.
The basic election follows the principal in Might when a range of other workplaces have been made a decision with only Republican candidates. Unbiased candidates are provided in the August basic election versus May’s principal winners.
This is a appear at the school board candidates. Responses ended up edited for length.
Wilson County Faculty Board Zone 2
Beth Meyers (R): Meyers was uncontested in the primary. Meyers moved to Wilson County in 2019 from Louisiana with 31 a long time working experience in education. Meyers also was a private university superintendent and was on its board of administrators for two a long time.
Primary considerations heard from stakeholders? “Parents have expressed two constant fears. First (dad and mom) are sad with the content and ideologies their youngsters are getting exposed to at university. Second, they truly feel the faculty board and district leaders have failed to sufficiently reply to their fears. They mentioned that they really feel board users go by way of the motion of enabling local community enter, but that they see citizens and mothers and fathers extra as annoyances. Although lecturers have expressed very similar considerations as mother and father concerning material, they are specifically pissed off that their function is scripted. They emphasized that they know how to instruct but sense that their arms are usually tied.”
How will you aid guideline Wilson County Universities? “My first priority would be my constituents, in certain, being familiar with what their eyesight of education and learning is for their small children and group. Wilson County has a strong standing for excellent educational facilities. I would like to see the district arrive at even larger to grow to be the gold common for educational excellence with a main target on information-based mostly education and learning. Unfortunately, much too quite a few districts have displaced teachers with a psycho-social target, which the parents I have spoken with built very clear they do not like. I would like to see neighborhood stakeholder meetings outside the house of formal school board meetings that would enable much more local community input, possibly structured by college zones. Ultimately, there has to be an try to give a balance among honoring the operate of academics and respecting the rights of moms and dads.”
Invoice Robinson (I), 75: The incumbent is trying to find his fourth time period. Robinson taught and coached at Watertown Superior for 32 yrs and put in five yrs at the previous Lebanon Junior Significant.
Leading fears heard from stakeholders? “I imagine my people have really fantastic trust in me. They have been great to me for 12 many years and relied on my judgement. That’s what I want, for persons to sleep fantastic at evening … and trust me to get the job performed.”
How will you aid guidebook Wilson County Schools? “Growth would be a problem. If a thing arrives up that should not be completed in our system I have excellent self-confidence in our management (to) appropriate any shortcomings that come up and maintain everything on a strong instructional footing. I want to maintain the air obvious. A good deal of items people say are taking place in faculties (country extensive), I never think they are occurring in our educational institutions and I’m proud of that. We’re likely to retain concentrating on training and not conspiracy theories.”
Wilson County School Board Zone 3 (uncontested)
How will you assistance guide Wilson County Educational facilities? “To assist with my conclusions guiding our educational institutions, I will carry on to find enter from mother and father and teachers.”
Wilson County Faculty Board Zone 4
Joseph Padilla (R): Padilla gained the Republican main in a three-candidate race around Preston George and Maurisa Pasick. Padilla used 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Major concerns read from stakeholders? “Soon after (May’s) tragedy in Texas, security of our small children at university has turn out to be a top rated precedence in Wilson County. I plan to ask for an quick analysis of all our schools stability strategies with neighborhood law enforcement. Parental legal rights is an additional subject that is frequently introduced up.”
How will you support manual Wilson County Educational facilities? “In get to optimize the usefulness of the Wilson County School Board, I need to be knowledgeable of the guidelines, laws, and rules that influence the operation of the district. I will also make sure the citizens of Wilson County have the potential to assessment and make recommendations to implement new guidelines, guidelines, and laws or change them in get for the WCS District to satisfy the community’s anticipations.”
Dorothy Critchlow, 71 (I): Expended 30 years in instruction including 20 in Metro Nashville General public Colleges until retirement. Critchlow was a local community superintendent who supervised faculties in the southwest quadrant of Davidson County and all pre-kindergarten, different and unique schooling working day schools. Critchlow is also a previous principal.
Top issues heard from stakeholders? “Many Zone 4 mother and father and neighborhood users are nervous for our universities to get back steadiness as we transfer absent from the trauma of the twister destruction of two colleges and the difficulties of the pandemic troubles. They are expressing needs for our college district to refocus on offering wholesome – protected, respectful, inclusive, predictable and partaking – discovering environments in neighborhood colleges so accomplishment outcomes can proceed to make improvements to.” Bus transportation, pending point out legislation’s opportunity impression on instruction, feasible limits of a area college board’s authority and the overall political landscape are also concerns Critchlow is listening to as she strategies.
How will you assist manual Wilson County Educational facilities? “An critical element of any final decision is to look at the affect on the college students. My experiences as a teacher … can notify my contributions to the operate (and) decisions of the board. Inclusive relationships with the Zone 4 local community, which are created on respect and belief, will tell my illustration for them on the board as I take part in determining actions to offer present and upcoming academic expert services to meet the requirements of our college students, educators and employees and family members.”
Wilson County College Board Zone 6
Kimberly McGee (R – incumbent): Was unopposed in the Republican principal in a bid to be reelected to a next phrase.
Top problems listened to from stakeholders? “The key pivotal problems are unprecedented progress and the need to develop new faculties, rebuilding of SCE (Stoner Creek Elementary) and WWMS (West Wilson Center University, retain (and) entice academics (and) staff members and bus driver shortages.”
How will you enable information Wilson County Faculties? “I will assistance information Wilson County Faculties to results that are in the most effective curiosity of all college students by actively in search of responses from stakeholders, and encouraging mother or father/guardian involvement mainly because education is a partnership and crucial to scholar good results.”
Dalton Teel (I), 25: A former Carroll-Oakland university student and 2015 Lebanon Substantial graduate who teaches third grade math and science at Byars Dowdy Elementary in the Lebanon Exclusive Faculty District.
Main issues listened to from stakeholders? “For teachers, shell out in Wilson County in comparison to the surrounding district. Also problem with the new pay out approach voted on … there are some rapid concerns for lecturers. And next the mass shooting in Texas, security is normally a concern, but the problem all around university security is the No. 1 situation right now. And this is in conjunction with other problems had been going through, overcrowding, trainer retention, preserving smaller course measurements.”
How will you help manual Wilson County Universities? “I think that the way I will assist guidebook Wilson County Universities is by way of associations and group arranging. These two issues go hand in hand. I’ll be setting up associations with PTOs and stakeholders at each and every of our group universities, seeing what their needs are and advocating for it at the county level … I want to be noticeable.”
Lebanon Specific University District board at-large
Belita McMurry-Fite, 58 (D): Unopposed in the Democratic main. McMurry-Fite is a bishop and pastor at Lebanon’s Heaven See Baptist Church. McMurry-Fite has had her possess youngsters and students linked to the church in the Lebanon Special University District.
Primary problems read from stakeholders? “The pivotal considerations that I have heard whilst campaigning carries on to resound loud and obvious, and that is the over-all good results of our little ones to transfer them forward in academia to improved get ready them for the long run problems in advance. Not only that, but that there would be mastering curriculum that will keep their interest and drive large sufficient to take pleasure in attending school, and studying day by day with their friends to develop interactions with all ethnicities that will go considerably past the walls of the universities to produce successful citizens. A sturdy education and learning helps make a robust financial system.”
How will you enable manual Wilson County Faculties? “I will find to assist guidebook the Lebanon Special University District by remaining greatly included with all university board delegates to make confident that a high excellent education remains a best priority, and that none will tumble driving on their way to a pathway of success. Rolling up my sleeves to support support each and every trainer, spouse and children, kid, and neighborhood in our district is what I intend to do. I also intend to be a voice of transform, and to display fantastic leadership, and equality as we function together to create the biggest financial system that will generate the greatest and smartest youngsters in our district, who will in convert go into the entire world to make a beneficial change in our society to give back that which was specified to them so that all of us wins.”
Mark Tomlinson (R – incumbent): Defeated Krissa Stephens in the Republican most important. Tomlinson has been on the board given that 2006. Has had young children in the district, now has grandchildren attending and has a daughter teaching at Sam Houston Elementary.
Major issues read from stakeholders? “The number a person problem now is in regard to anticipations for college students to perform at the same level they had been prior to the lengthy time they were out of the classroom all through COVID shutdowns and interruptions in the classroom due to the substantial quantity of absences similar to COVID. The variety one particular precedence has been altering ourselves into a place wherever we can adequately put together our learners both equally academically and mentally so that they can be effective in their future grade degree.”
How will you support guideline Wilson County Universities? “The role of the college board is not to guideline but fairly to believe in and assist the day-to-day conclusions created by our director of universities, administration, lecturers and employees … The school board users are a sounding board for people whom we serve. I will generally hear to what they have to say and do my very ideal to represent them in just about every determination that is made. Many folks feel that it is the responsibility of the faculty board to oversee the everyday functions of the school district. Just like a corporation that has a board of directors, our role is to oversee the allocation of cash as they pertain to the operation of the university program and to be the last checkpoint for any troubles that may well arise.”
Dates: July 15-30.
Occasions: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday.
- Wilson County Election Commission, 230 E. Gay Avenue, Lebanon
- Mt. Juliet Neighborhood Middle, 1075 Charlie Daniels Parkway
- Gladeville Community Middle, 95 McCrary Street
- Watertown Local community Center, 8630 Sparta Pike
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