Early voting for school elections will be Tuesday through next Monday. The general election will take place Tuesday, Sept. 20.
Candidates for contested and uncontested races for school board positions in Faulkner County as follows:
VILONIA SCHOOL BOARD
Tim Nolan, Vilonia resident, is running against Trey White for Pos. 1 on the Vilonia School Board.
Employment: President of D&N Construction
Family members: Wife Toni, daughter, Erin, age 10, and son, Zachary, age 7
What qualifications do you possess that are relevant to a position on your district’s school board? I am a lifelong resident of this community. I graduated from Vilonia High School in 1978. Vilonia school has always been an important part of my life. Like most people in a rural community, my activities revolved around two things — school and church. I know that these two things helped make me into the person that I am today. As associate pastor at Oak Bowery Baptist Church, I have worked with youth and college age students for the past 18 years. My professional career in commercial construction has given me a lot of experiences about finances, organization and accountability from which to draw. I guess no one ever feels truly qualified for a job, but I will do the best I can to make informed honest decisions.
What do you hope to do with your time on the school board and what can you contribute? I want Vilonia school to continue to improve and to offer our students the best education possible. It is a vital stepping stone to our students future success. I want to emphasize to not forget were we came from as we move forward to the future. Progress is wonderful but common sense is too. As I said previously, my contribution will be to make informed honest decisions to help prepare our students for success, always considering there are so many options for them to pursue in their college or career choices. We all want them to be prepared for whatever happens in life.
Jacob Turner, Vilonia resident, is running uncontested for Pos. 6 on the Vilonia School Board.
Employment: UAMS information technology
Family members: Wife Melinda, daughter, Mallory, and son, Lane. Parents are Mike and Edie Turner.
What qualifications do you possess that are relevant to a position on your district’s school board? I am a lifelong resident here in Vilonia. I graduated from Vilonia. I was a member of the FFA and I played sports here. I work in information technology and those qualifications would help with the ever-changing technology that we are having with our curriculum. My daughter is in Vilonia schools and my son will be.
What do you hope to do with your time on the school board and what can you contribute? I believe in investing in our future and our kids are our future. The best thing we can provide for our kids are the best facilities, teachers and curriculum. It isn’t only going to help them with their future, but it will be for us as well.
Trey White, Conway resident, is running against Tim Nolan for Pos. 1 on the Vilonia School Board.
Employment: Partner/principal engineer at HSA Engineering Consulting Services, Inc.
Family members: Wife Beth Ann, daughter, Laynie, and son, Jones.
What qualifications do you possess that are relevant to a position on your district’s school board? I am a lifelong resident of Arkansas, and I graduated from a semi-rural Arkansas public school system (Mansfield, Ark.) I have two children who currently attend Vilonia Elementary. I am also a small business owner and have experience evaluating financial statements and day-to-day operations. I’m also a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Arkansas and have personally evaluated or been involved in the design/construction of buildings in over 20 public school districts in Arkansas. I have a good understanding of the steps a school must go through during facility construction, whether the project cost is $50,000 or $30 million.
What do you hope to do with your time on the school board and what can you contribute? First and foremost, I would be an advocate for Vilonia School District and the families the district serves. I would also try and do my part on the board to work with the school administration to continue to position the district where teacher salaries and retention are competitive with surrounding districts. Finally, I would look to use my experiences with school design/construction to try and assure that we get the best facilities/campus for the money we spend.
Martin McKinssack is running for Pos. 4 on the Vilonia School Board and could not be reached for comment.
GREENBRIER SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES
Jennifer Hill, Wooster resident, is running against Beth Hartwick for Pos. 5 on the Greenbrier School Board.
Employment: Office administrator at 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Office. Former 12-year employee at Acxiom Corporation.
Family: Husband Darren, and daughters Emma and Lilly Beth
What qualifications do you possess that are relevant to a position on your district’s school board? I have the education and practical experience needed to help reach the full potential of our school system. Above all, I have a genuine interest in Greenbrier schools as well as the willingness to devote my time and efforts to our district. As an active member of our community I have had the opportunity to work cooperatively with others. I am a proud graduate of Greenbrier Public Schools and thankful my parents chose to raise our family here. We choose to raise our daughters here so that they may enjoy the outstanding academic and extracurricular experiences Greenbrier Schools provide.
Serving as Sunday School teacher, choir director, Sunbeam director, AWANA Cubbies director, Children’s Church teacher, Junior Achievement volunteer, and member on numerous children’s committees reflects my dedication to the social, academic, and character development of young people.
What do you hope to do with your time on the school board and what can you contribute? My hope is to cooperatively work with the school board, educators, and community to sustain our school’s success by:
• Promoting meaningful parent/family involvement
• Ensuring our schools — both inside and outside the classrooms — are responsive to the needs of every child
• Continuing to make choices that are within our means and faithful to our values
• Preserving and promoting our school as the lifeblood of the community
Beth Hartwick, Greenbrier resident, is running against Jennifer Hill for Pos. 5 on the Greenbrier School Board.
Employment: Retired library media specialist
Family members: Husband Jerry, and three children, Brad Hartwick, Cody Hartwick and Brooke Worden. Their spouses are Audra Hartwick, Penny Hartwick and Dusty Worden. Five grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Justin, Lora, Sarah and Wes.
What qualifications do you possess that are relevant to a position on your district’s school board? I am a retired educator with 35 years experience in education. I have been in the Greenbrier district all my life. I have witnessed the growth and needs of our district. My grandchildren are now enrolling in school and I plan to be involved with their school activities. I have the time and concern to devote to the children of Greenbrier Public Schools.
What do you hope to do with your time on the school board and what can you contribute? I hope to be available to our community to listen to their concerns and help make the decisions with other board members which will continue the growth and development of our great school district. I can contribute my time and background of experience in education to help benefit board decisions.
Mount VERNON-ENOLA SCHOOL BOARD
James Keathley, Mount Vernon resident, is running for Pos. 5 on the Mount Vernon-Enola School Board. He is a 15-year incumbent. Keathley is uncontested.
Family members: Wife Nea, and children, Amy, Blake, and Taylor.
What qualifications do you possess that are relevant to a position on your district’s school board? I have been on Mount Vernon-Enola’s School Board for 15 years and have been involved in family business my whole life.
What do you hope to do with your time on the school board and what can you contribute? With my time on the school board, I hope to continue the progress the school district has seen over the past years. I will continue to contribute by looking out for the best interests of the students and the patrons of the community.
GUY PERKINS SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE
Toby Harrington, Guy resident, is running for Pos. 2 on the Guy-Perkins School Board. He is an uncontested incumbent.
Employment: North Little Rock Fire Department
Family members: Wife Melanie, daughters, Kayla Harrington and Brooke Barton, son, Baxter Harrington.
What do you hope to do with your time on the school board and what can you contribute? I hope to keep the school going in a forward direction in all areas including staff, administration, budget, and building projects. I hope to contribute good decisions based on the facts and try to do what I think the people of my zone would want done.
MAYFLOWER SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE
Scott Sewell is running for Pos. 3 on the Mayflower School Board and did not return an e-mail for comment. Sewell is uncontested.