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Montgomery seeking re-election to Kingsport BOE

CHRISTAN M. THOMAS • Feb 6, 2007 at 8:54 AM

KINGSPORT - Another sitting Kingsport Board of Education member has announced his candidacy for the May 15 election.

Current BOE President Dr. Randy Montgomery filed official paperwork with the Sullivan County Election Commission Jan. 29.

Montgomery has served as board president for the past year and on the KCS Budget Committee for the last three years.

He said he decided to run for re-election to continue the work of the current board.

"I feel that our board has made a lot of progress during the last four years," Montgomery said in a press release. "We have a number of important ongoing projects, and I'd like to help provide the continuity to ensure that we reach successful completion of those projects."

During the next four years, Montgomery said he believes external issues will have a great effect locally.

"Internally, I think things are going positively and we need to continue to encourage those things that are going on," Montgomery said. "I think the external factors are going to be the big thing.

"I think our biggest issues will be the BEP (Basic Education Program) funding and how the state is going to look at changing that, whether it's going to positively affect us or negatively affect us. I think the other big thing is the No Child Left Behind reauthorization this year, and again if that's going to positively affect us or negatively affect education as a whole."

Three Kingsport BOE seats are up in the May 15 election.

Current board Vice President Susan Lodal filed a petition Jan. 24 to seek re-election to a second term. As of 5 p.m. Monday, board member Wally Boyd had picked up a petition but not officially filed.

A fourth candidate, Dr. John R. Hall, filed a petition for candidacy Jan. 26.

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