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Martin seeks re-election to school board seat

Friday, July 9, 2010

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Amy Martin
Amy F. Martin has announced her candidacy for re-election to the third district seat on Bedford County Board of Education in the Aug. 5 general election. Martin has been employed at the Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville for 38 years; she serves as the coordinator for fiscal services and human resources and also teaches evening classes and special industrial classes in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

During past years Martin has served in many service positions in the Community School area including Junior Pro Basketball coach and president, Community Booster Club secretary, treasurer, and president and was active in fundraising events.

Martin was first elected to the board in 1992 and in 1995 was elected to the Tennessee School Boards Association board of directors. She served as TSBA south central district director until 2004; since that time she has been TSBA treasurer, vice president, president-elect and president, an office she held in 2008.

Martin was appointed to serve on a state committee to review open meetings and records laws and make recommendations to the state legislature for changes or revisions. As state president she also served on various committees for the Southern Regional School Boards Association and was a delegate to the National School Boards Association (NSBA) annual meetings. She has discussed educational issues with legislators at both the state and federal levels.

She received TSBA's Level 5 Master Boardmanship award for work over and above the requirements of a school board member. Martin also received the NSBA Distinguished Service award.

Martin has been active in the school building program in Bedford County since 1995. During her tenure, the school system has improved all campuses. A native and lifelong resident of Bedford County, Martin has lived all but 10 years in the Unionville and Rover communities. She is a graduate of Community High School, as were her parents, husband, and three children; she received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2003. Martin and her husband, Walter Lee, have been married for almost 39 years and have three grown children and nine grandchildren. She is a member, organist and pianist at St. Paul United Methodist Church, where she has served as the church treasurer and past teacher of the pre-school age children.

She is board chair for Shelbyville & Bedford County Senior Citizens Center and is a member of the Community Clinic board of directors. During the inaugural year of Imagination Library she signed approximately 100 children up for free books through the program.

Martin said she is mindful of the limitations of the county budget. She said she has worked with the county commission on revenue and expenditure issues. If re-elected, she said she will continue to pursue additional capital funding to complete the Community High School project and begin the new Cascade High School as well as other campus needs due to the increase in student populations.

Martin said, "It has been exciting to the see the progress of our school system during the past years. We have implemented many new practices and opportunities for our students; we have been a front-runner in technology. We have expanded the educational choices by implementing long-distance learning where we can bring other classroom opportunities and classes to Bedford County students that are not currently being taught.

"We opened the magnet school, which has broadened curriculum for those students who need additional challenges. Programs are now in place that assists those students who are not successful in the normal classroom setting or who are behind schedule for graduation.

"Bedford County does not receive the credit it deserves for the great job it does in preparing our kids for the future. As I have worked with our system as well as systems across Tennessee, I have consistently found that other school systems have come to us for 'best practices' and taken these very ideas and tools back to their home systems for implementation.

"As we continue to move forward, our students and teachers are faced with ever increasing demands for higher achievement and accountability. We must all work together, parents, teachers, administration, and school board members, in assuring that the tools are in place for success. I have the passion in my heart to carry the banner that all children receive an appropriate education so they may become successful, productive citizens who will be our future leaders.

"If re-elected, I will continue my personal mission to raise the level of educational opportunities in Bedford County."