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Council discusses lumber and parking off the Square Thursday, 20 September 2018 14:32

During a recent work session and meeting, Scottsboro Council members discussed the  Lumber Proposal for Goose Pond Island.

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Commission hears funding requests Thursday, 13 September 2018 19:21

Teresa Bell, a 2009 retiree from the Jackson County Commission recently spoke during the Commission’s Work Session.

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Council discusses truck route Wednesday, 29 August 2018 14:20

A discussion regarding the truck route in Scottsboro took place between City Council members at the last work session.

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Municipal Candidates- Scottsboro Board of Education, Place 1

Lee Benson

1.    Please give a brief description about yourself include education, experience, and background.
Hello, my name is Lee Benson, and I am running for Scottsboro City Schools Board of Education Place 1.   I am married to Shalyn Holder Benson who is a long standing educator.  Together we have four children, all of which attend Scottsboro City Schools.  I have been employed by the Scottsboro Police Department for Fifteen years. I have worked in various roles ranging from dispatcher, jailer, Warrant Officer, to Patrol Officer. Over the last five years, I have proudly served SPD as a School Resource Officer. I am excited to run for this board seat as I feel that I have first-hand knowledge of the key issues facing our schools today.
2.    What do you feel is the single most important issue facing the Scottsboro Board of Education?
Although there are many important areas that deserve time and attention within all educational systems, I believe the single, most important issue facing the Scottsboro Board of Education is school safety.  
3. What will you do to address that issue?
I will work tirelessly to help Dr. Reyes, other board members, administrators, teachers, and staff to secure funding and initiate plans of action that will ensure the well-being of all people within our schools. My experience as a School Resource Officer helps to provide me with working knowledge of key issues surrounding school safety. Protecting our community and schools has been my job for a very long time. I decided to run for this position because I see it as yet another opportunity to help the children within Scottsboro City Schools receive the safest and most enriching school experience possible. I humbly ask for your support and vote on August 28 so that I may help make Scottsboro City Schools the absolute best they can be!

Mitzi Gattis

1.    Please give a brief description about yourself include education, experience, and background.
I am Mitzi Collins Gattis and a retired educator teaching for 39 and a half years. After completing 12 years in the Scottsboro City Schools, I graduated from the University of North Alabama with a degree in Secondary English and Special Education. I later completed a masters in Special Education and School Administration. My final studies resulted in an EDS in Special Education. In 1982 I began working in the Scottsboro City Schools and continued until December, 2015. I have been blessed to teach in systems that put their students first and I appreciated the continued support from their parents.
I am the daughter of Ray and Billie Collins. I have two sisters, Nancy (Myron) Gardner and Jenifer (Buddy) Holt. After graduation I married Grady Gattis, who is retired from TVA. We have three adult children, Daniel and John Gattis and Emily Bradford. Grady who is the son of Elmer and Maggie Gattis has one sister, Shirley Primm. Grady and I have been married for 46 years and have four grandchildren.
2. What do you feel is the single most important issue facing the Scottsboro Board of Education?
The greatest issues and responsibilities of the Scottsboro City Schools I believe are twofold. To  provide a safe learning environment is paramount to the Superintendent, Administrators and Board. Every tool available and teaching session should be eagerly pursued. We must continue to reevaluate and seek new solutions where warranted. I believe it is also the responsibility of the Scottsboro City School administrators and Board to provide an academic program that challenges the eager young minds that walk our hallways. The system should provide programs that reach those that seek a college education through advanced studies and those that choose a career the tools and experiences the provide an education that strengthens the skills required for success.
3. What will you do to address that issue?
I would seek to strengthen the areas of math, English/language arts and technology by studying the budget for savings and studying additional sources of revenue so that we can hire additional highly qualified teachers in order to reduce class size. These academic areas are paramount of the college bound and career bound students. Our schools must continue to strive to graduate students that are well rounded and will be productive, good citizens and contribute to our great community.

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