ELECTION 2014: Galbreath unopposed to take Hammond’s school board seat


ELECTION 2014: Galbreath unopposed to take Hammond’s school board seat

As Cherie Hammond leaves her seat on the Williamson County Schools Board of Education to run for state legislature, newcomer Jay Galbreath is running unchallenged for District 6. A Brentwood City Commission candidate last year, Galbreath is a WCS graduate and will be on the school board ballot Aug. 7 in favor of improving teacher retention and legislation calling for parental involvement in textbook selection.

As Cherie Hammond leaves her seat on the Williamson County Schools Board of Education to run for state legislature, newcomer Jay Galbreath is running unchallenged for District 6. A Brentwood City Commission candidate last year, Galbreath is a WCS graduate and will be on the school board ballot Aug. 7 in favor of improving teacher retention and legislation calling for parental involvement in textbook selection.

Family: Wife Candi and five children

Education: Bachelor’s in accounting from Sanford University, Master’s in accounting from University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Occupation: CPA in health care

SHHP: Why are you running? 

Jay Galbreath: I’ve been a resident of Brentwood and Williamson County for all my life. I have a deep desire to serve my community. I have five kids in public school, and I’m invested in making sure their future is bright. I grew up in the school system; I went to Scales Elementary, Brentwood Middle and Brentwood High and loved my education. It’s given me the foundation to go and do everything I’ve wanted to do. I want to make sure [schools] continue like that.

What are the most important issues in education relevant to Williamson County Schools? 

Common Core is going to continue to be a hot-button issue. We have to follow the law; it’s a legislative issue. The school board does its part by taking a stance on legislative issues, and part of what made me interested in running is the current board’s stance regarding current legislation, and some of [the legislation] I’ve disagreed with.

Another issue that will continue is the textbook selection. I think we should definitely get more parental involvement in the selection process and make sure they’re open to the public, so they can see and make sure we don’t have bias in our textbooks of any kind – not just bias we don’t agree with, but any kind of bias.

There’s also so many changes in curriculum just in teaching, and the retention of our teachers is going to be huge. So many are quitting, because things are changing so fast. With them being relatively underpaid, they may feel underappreciated and like they’re not being given the ability to personalize their classroom. They have to be micromanaged and told what they have to do every minute of the day, is what I’ve heard from a lot of teachers I’ve been talking to.

How can you address those issues? 

I think with the textbook issue – I support the current bill to create a textbook committee [with community members]. The bill would require the creation of a textbook committee to get parents involved in the selection process to make sure we don’t have more issues like there have been in a few instances this past year.

Why should people vote for you? 

I’m a CPA, and I’m conservative fiscally as well as socially. The biggest thing about being a member of the school board is you have to listen to a wide range of issues and take into account all the different perspectives from the teachers, students and parents as well as all residents across the county, and the county is actually very diverse. I have the ability to look at things objectively and see from multiple points of view and apply a common sense approach to the issues.

Jessica Pace covers Williamson County, Williamson County Schools and the Town of Nolensville for BrentWord Communications. Contact her at jess@brentwoodhomepage.com or follow her on Twitter @Jess_Marie_Pace.

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