Melody Morris District 2 Campaign Survey

Name Melody Morris How long have you lived in Williamson County? 13 years Are you personally a graduate of the Williamson County Schools or the Franklin Special School District? No Do you have children and/or grandchildren that live in Williamson County? Yes Do your children and/or grandchildren attend Williamson County Schools or FSSD? Yes Where do you stand on the issue of vouchers and charters schools in Williamson County? Experimental Charter Schools were created to save failing schools in urban districts. Williamson County schools are the highest performing in Tennessee. I see no reason to experiment with a system that is working exceedingly well. School vouchers provide options for the disabled or the extremely poor. We have excellent special education programs in our county, and we have systems to provide extra care for the disadvantaged. Vouchers might benefit a few students with severe disabilities. Which of the following statements best describes your position on the allocation of the County’s education resources I believe we need to continue investment in our current system and leadership to address challenges and opportunities Please explain your answer The strategic plan adopted in 2010 with much community input is providing vision and direction for our system. We are building schools needed to house a growing student population, increasing the use of technology to prepare students for an electronic world, and reaching new levels of achievement in academics, athletics and the arts. Outstanding growth in ACT scores alone testify the plan is working, and moving us toward being nationally recognized for excellence in all arenas. It makes sense to continue moving in a direction that...

Eric Welch District 10 Candidate Survey

Name Eric Welch How long have you lived in Williamson County? 10 Years Are you personally a graduate of the Williamson County Schools or the Franklin Special School District? No Do you have children and/or grandchildren that live in Williamson County? Yes Do your children and/or grandchildren attend Williamson County Schools or FSSD? Yes Where do you stand on the issue of vouchers and charters schools in Williamson County? I don’t feel vouchers are needed here. I believe vouchers can be a viable alternative for families trapped in failing school districts that are unable/unwilling to improve, but we are blessed to be home to the top 2 school districts in the state with nationally recognized performance. We’ve never received a completed application for a charter in WCS & outperform every charter in TN. Approval should be done case-by-case & approved only if an unmet need is addressed or our schools underperform. Which of the following statements best describes your position on the allocation of the County’s education resources I believe we need to continue investment in our current system and leadership to address challenges and opportunities Please explain your answer Efficient budgeting has allowed WCS to maximize funds and keep our schools the best in Tennessee and nationally, our taxes low and Williamson County property values the highest they’ve ever been. It surprises many to learn that WCS ranks in the bottom 5% nationally in per pupil funding, but our performance is in the top 5%. Our success is self-evident. For every dollar of local taxes invested in our schools, WCS graduates got back 44 cents in offered scholarships...

Vicki Vogt District 12 Candidate Survey

Name Vicki Vogt How long have you lived in Williamson County? We have lived in Williamson County for 19 years. We lived in Spring Hill for 7 years and have called Franklin home for 12 years. Are you personally a graduate of the Williamson County Schools or the Franklin Special School District? No Do you have children and/or grandchildren that live in Williamson County? Yes Do your children and/or grandchildren attend Williamson County Schools or FSSD? Yes Where do you stand on the issue of vouchers and charters schools in Williamson County? Williamson County is a high performing school district, which has served the community very well. In my opinion charter schools are an option of last resort for failing schools. Charter schools are not appropriate for WC because it would dilute resources and not add value. I am against vouchers because the concept redirects public tax dollars into unaccountable, private institutions. The entire WC community benefits from having a strong public school system. Which of the following statements best describes your position on the allocation of the County’s education resources I believe we need to continue investment in our current system and leadership to address challenges and opportunities Please explain your answer I want to stay the course and build on the accomplishments of WCS. We have the momentum in our schools and the support of our community to continue the Strategic Plan. If elected what is your priority for Williamson County Schools? The Strategic Plan identified expansion of the Fine Arts and Athletic categories. I want to zero in on a plan of action to achieve this...

Pat Anderson District 8 Candidate Survey

Name: Pat Anderson How long have you lived in Williamson County? Thirty years Are you personally a graduate of the Williamson County Schools or the Franklin Special School District? No, I am a graduate of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools where I attended grades one through twelve. Do you have children and/or grandchildren that live in Williamson County? Yes Do your children and/or grandchildren attend Williamson County Schools or FSSD? My children are graduates of Williamson County Schools attending kindergarten through grade twelve. Where do you stand on the issue of vouchers and charters schools in Williamson County? I oppose vouchers and charter schools in Williamson County. Which of the following statements best describes your position on the allocation of the County’s education resources: I believe we need to continue investment in our current system and leadership to address challenges and opportunities. Please explain your answer. The District’s Strategic Plan which was adopted by the Board in January of 2011 following months of input sessions from parents, staff, business representatives, elected officials, and community members is a clear demonstration of our community’s shared support and vision for public education. Since the adoption of the Strategic Plan, the District has made exceptional progress towards achieving the District’s goals—the goals defined by our community set forth in the Plan. The Plan set ambitious yet achievable goals for the district to prepare our students to excel in and out of the classroom; and to provide our students with the tools they need to succeed upon graduation. The execution of the Strategic Plan by the current leadership has already benefitted our students.   Our students...