By EMILY R. WEST
While the August primary happened weeks ago, the Williamson County School Board finally inducted its newest three members to the board on Monday.
Districts One, Three and 11 all have different representation than before the election. Odd-numbered seats were up for the taking this year, with the inclusion of District Four.
District Four’s Anne McGraw, District Five’s Gary Anderson, District Seven’s Bobby Hullett and District Nine’s Rick Wimberly will all return to their seats.
Angela Durham won the narrowest race, defeating Richard Davis for the District One seat. She will represent parents and families from Fairview. Former member Ken Peterson left the seat open when he moved to Hawaii for a job relocation.
Eliot Mitchell, who faced two other contenders in the race, will take over the District Three seat left open by former board chairman PJ Mezera.
After deciding to not run again, Mark Gregory’s District 11 seat became available. Franklin’s KC Haugh only faced one opponent in his victorious race. He now serves Franklin and parts of unincorporated Williamson County.
Here’s what each recently elected board member is looking forward to on the board for the next four years:
What I am looking forward to the most is building relationships with all of the key stakeholders in the Williamson County School System.
It has been such a pleasure getting to know the board members and the members of the Williamson County Schools administration. I have been so impressed with the level of engagement, commitment and expertise each individual possesses. I look forward to partnering with them to solve important puzzles, such as how to address our incredible growth, how to continue supplying our schools with everything they need to excel, how to keep our teachers fully engaged and satisfied so they can continue to pour into our children, and how to address the newest concerns that parents bring to our attention from time to time, such as the latest request to evaluate school start times as they relate to student health.
I am beyond honored and humbled to have been selected to represent Williamson County Schools.
While I do not have a specific agenda for the first year, I would like to make sure we look for ways to support our teachers and staff.
I want to make sure we are good stewards with the tax dollars we manage.
I am most looking forward to getting to know my fellow board members better and working with them to improve the educational experience for our children.
I want to see this board focused on planning for the unprecedented growth that lies ahead, while keeping students’ well-being and achievement in mind at all times.
I’m most looking forward to working collaboratively with the rest of the board and [Superintendent] Dr. [Mike] Looney. There are a lot of challenges ahead, but our administrators and teachers are excellent and I want to support them as best I can.