Farm­ing­ton Board Mem­ber Seeks Third Term

Farm­ing­ton School Board, Po­si­tion 5

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SCHOOL ELECTIONS -

Doug Wil­liams, 53, is seek­ing his third five-year term on Farm­ing­ton School Board and said his ex­pe­ri­ence the past 10 years has taught him what is needed to serve a grow­ing, suc­cess­ful, pro­gres­sive school dis­trict.

Wil­liams is run­ning for re-elec­tion to Po­si­tion 5 on Farm­ing­ton Board of Direc­tors.

“I be­lieve that fill­ing this po­si­tion for the pre­vi­ous 10 years has been in­valu­able in pre­par­ing me for an­other term,” Wil­liams said, not­ing he has com­pleted hours of con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion through the Arkansas School Board As­so­ci­a­tion each year.

“I’ve at­tended count­less reg­u­lar board meet­ings, spe­cial meet­ings, and plan­ning ses­sions over the years. I feel like I have a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship with both the board and our su­per­in­ten­dent. I think that is very im­por­tant in con­tin­u­ing to move our dis­trict in the right di­rec­tion.”

Wil­liams is man­ager of Wil­liams Trac­tor and holds a bach­e­lor of sci­ence de­gree in agri­cul­ture from the Uni­ver­sity of Arkansas. Three of his chil­dren grad­u­ated from Farm­ing­ton High School and he and his wife, Angie, have a daugh­ter in 11th grade at Farm­ing­ton High School.

Wil­liams said he sees the role of a school board mem­ber as some­one who sup­ports the dis­trict in ev­ery way that he or she can.

“You need to be a good lis­tener. Make sure you’ve heard all the facts be­fore you make a de­ci­sion and cast your vote.”

Wil­liams said Farm­ing­ton schools have been for­tu­nate to have Bryan Law as the cur­rent su­per­in­ten­dent and Ron Wright as his pre­de­ces­sor.

Both worked tire­lessly in de­vel­op­ing plans to add new fa­cil­i­ties to meet the needs of the dis­trict, Wil­liams said.

Law has sur­rounded him­self with a staff that is knowl­edge­able, ex­pe­ri­enced and ded­i­cated to in­sur­ing that each stu­dent finds the path to the best ed­u­ca­tion pos­si­ble for him or her, Wil­liams added.

“In ad­di­tion to find­ing and keep­ing a good leader in the su­per­in­ten­dent’s po­si­tion, a board mem­ber helps eval­u­ate and main­tain dis­trict pol­icy,” Wil­liams stated, say­ing, “We help de­velop poli­cies and pro­ce­dures that are both le­gal and de­sired by the ma­jor­ity of pa­trons, stu­dents and staff of the dis­trict. We re­view fi­nan­cials and help de­velop a bud­get in which we use our funds in the very best way that we can to re­main good stew­ards to those who have en­trusted us with the ed­u­ca­tion of the chil­dren of our dis­trict.”

Wil­liams said he is run­ning for re-elec­tion be­cause he cares for the Farm­ing­ton School Dis­trict and wants to see that Farm­ing­ton con­tin­ues to im­prove ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties for its stu­dents.

“I live in the dis­trict. Many of my fam­ily mem­bers live in the dis­trict. I have co­work­ers and their fam­i­lies who live and are en­trenched in the dis­trict. The fu­ture of Farm­ing­ton School Dis­trict is very im­por­tant to me.”

He would like to con­tinue serv­ing, he said, to see Phase 3 of the new high school com­pleted, to help main­tain and im­prove teacher salaries and to con­tinue to be a good stew­ard of the dis­trict’s re­sources.

He closed, “It’s been my plea­sure to have served on the Farm­ing­ton School Board for the past 10 years. I hope the pa­trons of the dis­trict will en­trust me with the honor of serv­ing for an­other 5 year term.”


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