COVINGTON -- A longtime educator hopes to improve student achievement in Newton County by working on the school board.
Franklin Perry Sr., 64, who is currently an educational consultant living in Newton County, plans to run as a Democrat for the District 4 seat on the Newton County Board of Education, which is currently held by Almond Turner.
"I believe unequivocally in the value of public education," Perry said in a press release. "I am passionate about strengthening our school system and increasing educational opportunities for all children."
If elected, he would focus on student achievement, school safety and discipline, student motivation, teacher and staff support, hiring and retention and promotion practices, parent and community engagement and system-wide communication and accountability, he said.
"I believe that the knowledge and leadership gained from my educational, business and political experiences will help me to lead the Newton County Board of Education into the future and continue to provide quality services to all children," he said.
He has a bachelor of science degree from South Carolina State University, a master of education degree in music from Virginia State University and a doctor of education degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.
He participated in the Georgia School Superintendent program and Leadership Newton County in 1999. In 2011, he completed a leadership development program with Supes Academy.
He has worked as a teacher, principal and superintendent in Virginia, Alabama and Georgia; he was superintendent of Sumter County Public Schools from 2002 to 2005, assistant superintendent for administration at Bibb County Public Schools from 2005 to 2006 and superintendent of Twiggs County Public Schools from 2006 to 2009. He was principal of Clements Middle School from 1998 to 2002.
He now works as an assistant principal and consultant for Greene County Public Schools, a position he's held since 2010.
Perry has been chairman of the board of control for the Chattahoochee-Flint Regional Educational Service Agency, chair of the board of trustees for Alabama A&M University, member of the State of Alabama teacher education evaluation committee and guest speaker for churches and schools.
He's also been on the Sumter County Board of Health, the Boys and Girls Club board of directors, Covington YMCA board of directors and the Montgomery United Way board of directors.
He also served in the U.S. Army.
He was born in Newton County and graduated from R.L. Cousins. He has lived in Newton County since 1998.
"I am dedicated to serving and giving back to the Newton County School System, the one that gave so much to me," he said.
In addition to the District 4 seat, Eddie Johnson's District 2 seat is up for reelection this year on the Newton County Board of Education.
Qualifying is May 23 through noon May 25. The qualifying fee is $216.