As a former teacher and coach myself, it is always rewarding watching another group of well-equipped students graduate and enter the workforce. Not only have our students excelled, but we have also obtained and retained some of the best teachers in the state with the passage of the teacher pay plan. So much so, our teacher retention rate is currently at 97 percent.
Not only that, we work closely with the Wilson County Board of Education to ensure students all across the county have equal access and opportunities by ensuring we stay on top of the school building program – responsibly.
Because we are experiencing the fastest growth in our county’s history, the Wilson County Commission has built several new schools in recent years, as well as made several additions and improvements at others. We, as a county, are working hard find a reliable, consistent funding source for education as it is our biggest expenditure. However, it also yields the most rewarding returns.
Part of our investment in student success is safety. The news gets a little scarier each day as school shootings increase across the United States, and violence wrecks havoc.
We have worked closely with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office to ensure every school in Wilson County is equipped with a school resource officer at all times. In addition, the Wilson County Board of Education has taken steps to secure entrances to every school, preventing visitors from entering at will.
We also have eliminated portable classrooms district-wide, providing all students with a safe, secure environment to learn.
Education has always been a main focus of mine during my time as mayor. Why? Because it’s a direct investment in our students, who are the future of our county and our world.
Randall Hutto is mayor of Wilson County.