Voter Guide 2012: Rutherford County School Board, Zone 3

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Name: Helen R. Blankenship
Occupation: Substitute Teacher & Farmer 
Education: Both degrees are from MTSU: Bachelor in Degree Agribusiness & Agriscience & Masters of Vocational Technical Education

Why are you running?
I know what is like to be in the classroom. Plus, I understand what is facing our school board in future.

What is the most pressing issue facing the Rutherford County School Board and your possible solution?
The most important issue facing Rutherford County School Board is funding and rezoning of schools.


Name: Veronica King-Buchanan
Occupation: Small Business Owner of Glorious Wonders, LLC Childcare Center
Education: Riverdale High School, Business, Computer, Child Development, TECTA, DAP

Why are you running?
I am running to serve my county and my focus is:
• continued and positive relations with our teachers,
• maximizing an efficient budget, and
• developing ways to increase parental involvement.

I believe that when our children succeed our community succeeds!

What is the most pressing issue facing the Rutherford County School Board and your possible solution?
There are three issues that I feel are the most pressing issues facing the School Board at this time:

1. Budget: Building new schools with short falls railing behind.  An example is the new Stewarts Creek High School. If the revenues don’t improve, it is estimated that in the 2013 school year we will have a $4-5 million deficit. So the budget is plays a huge part to maintain the operation of an effective school system and we must try to maximize it.

2.  Parental Involvement: Successful children have been proven to have parental involvement in the picture. This is a key piece to the education process and we must adhere to this, then get parents in motion

3. Staff Development implementing of Common Core in a (PLC) Professional Learning Community: This is going to be a great enhancement tool to help our schools to achieve better scores. A good bench mark to measure students and planned academics that’s mapped out for them.


Name: Tim Holden
Occupation: Business owner Innovative Engineering Solutions, LLC
Education: High School Graduate and Shelbyville Area Vocational Certificate for Machinist

Why are you running?
I feel that we are not offering our young people as many opportunities as we should. The work force requirements are changing rapidly with the retirement of the baby boomers and we are losing skilled trades at a very fast rate.  

I feel like we need to offer more career and technical education programs and allow students who chose this path to be exposed to the latest technology available. Rutherford County Schools has a great career and technical program now, it is actually an award-winning program, but we just need to review and work with industry in our area to define the needs, both short term and long term.

It is a great opportunity for us to set ourselves apart from other systems and be on the leading edge of technology in our schools.

According to Industry Week magazine there are 600,000 technical jobs open in the U.S. that is not filled because of lack of experienced candidates. This creates tremendous opportunities for our young people to be successful.

Parents and students need to be educated about the technical opportunities available and the placement opportunities available.

This system will require the school system, MTSU and Tennessee. Technology Center, Motlow Community College and others to work closely and create an environment for success of our young people.

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