Ron Britt, who currently serves as Wilson County’s Zone 4 school board representative, announces his candidacy for re-election.
Britt, through extensive training provided and monitored by the Tennessee School Boards Association, was designated a “Level V Master School Board Member”, and is the only Wilson County school board member to ever achieve this designation.
Britt and his wife, Judy, have been married for 49 years. They have two children, Heather and Stephan, both of whom graduated from Wilson County public schools and are graduates of Middle Tennessee colleges.
“Having been raised on a very small, but rather poor farm, I know first-hand the value of education and the value of a good, caring teacher,” Britt said. “In the 10th grade, this country-school teacher instilled in me not only the desire to go to college to become a teacher, but also proved how much she cared by securing for me a $400 per year loan so that, by working weekends, I received my degree in education in four years and owed a total of $1,600. I don’t hesitate to attribute any success I may have enjoyed the rest of my adult life to that teacher.”
While participation in ROTC was mandatory for the first two years of college, Britt elected to take the two additional years and, upon graduation, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He served two years of active duty, including one year in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. Returning home, with no teaching jobs available, Britt was employed by Mobil Oil Corp. in marketing. During an eight-year period, was transferred many times. He then decided to leave Mobil Oil, chose Wilson County as the place to raise his family and started a new business in Nashville.
“I am thankful that I was able to stay healthy and be able to work 12-hour days and be open on Saturdays for several years, employing and rewarding good employees while learning to manage sales and control expenses and eliminate programs that were no longer useful so that my business could be profitable,” he said.
Britt sold the business after operating it for 25 years and has served on the Wilson County School Board and also contributes his time to serving on the Wilson County Emergency Communications District 911 Board.
“I am proud to have been a part of Wilson County Schools, particularly these past four years.
According to Britt, some of the “bragging rights” of Wilson County Schools include:
• graduation rate at 95.5 percent, the highest in the 13-county mid-state area.
• Adult High School graduated 127 students in 2014.
• scored straight As in TCAP Academic Achievement in grades 3-8.
• four Reward Schools in the top 5 percent in the state in achievement and/or growth.
• eight National Merit Scholars or commended juniors or seniors finalists or semifinalists.
• 2014 graduates earned $27 million in scholarships.
• Career Technical Education boasts three of the seven statewide presidencies, including Future Farmers of America, Future Business Leaders of America and HOSA-Future Health Professionals.
“The above honors are significant academic achievements, and the credit belongs to our students and to their teachers and to the educational leaders in our school system,” Britt said. “School board members do not teach. What an effective school board member does is stay busy meeting the fast-growing needs for additional classrooms and improved educational facilities, while providing resources and encouragement for our educators to do their jobs, and, by state law, serve as a policymakers only.”
The past four years have been busy, and effective, according to Britt, and some examples include a new Lebanon High School in 2012, a new addition and renovations that doubled the size of West Elementary School in 2013, a new addition that added 26 classrooms and renovations at West Wilson Middle School in 2013, a new building at Rutland Elementary School that doubled its size in 2013, a new Watertown High School to open in August and an addition and renovations to Carroll-Oakland School that will be complete Aug. 1, 2015.
“I believe that my appreciation for education and for what education can, and should, mean in a child’s life, combined with my 25 years of business ownership experience and my past school board training and experience, is a combination that qualifies me to serve as your school board member,” Britt said. “Wilson County Schools is a thriving, successful system that, with proper leadership and support, can reach the goal that has been agreed upon by the new director of schools and the school board to move Wilson County Schools academically into the top 5 percent in Tennessee in five years and into the top 5 percent in the nation in 10 years. I will consider it an honor to serve if you should elect me.”