Tyler Fleming, Susan Peters new members of school board
Published 9:16 am Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Tyler Fleming and Susan Peters will be the two newest members of the Elizabethton Board of Education following the municipal election Tuesday night.
Fleming led the race with 1,694 votes; Peters came in second with 1,616. Travis Sexton, the third candidate for the two available seats, finished third with 1,266 votes. No incumbents participated in this election as Catherine Armstrong and Connie Baker chose not to run for reelection.
Fleming said he appreciated the public’s support and looked forward to working with the other school board members for the next four years.
“I am looking forward to being a part of the search process for the next superintendent of schools,” Fleming said, referring to Director of Schools Ed Alexander’s recent retirement announcement. “I also plan to continue with the building projects that are present at this time.”
During his campaign, Fleming stressed the need for a long-term plan for the space and structural needs at T.A. Dugger Junior High School. Renovations to the school are part of the Elizabethton City School systems current capital plan to be completed in the next few years.
Peters also gave her thanks to the voters for their support for her campaign for school board. Peters has a background with the ECS, previously serving as a volunteer at Harold McCormick Elementary.
“My main goal is to be an educator’s voice for the teachers, students, parents and taxpayers,” Peters said. “That is what I plan to do.”
Peters said she would encourage the school board to take a step back and rethink the construction of a new sports complex at Elizabethton High School. She said she thought the decision to construct a new stadium was “rushed” and renovations to the current Brown-Childress Stadium should be considered, with the extra capital funding used for additional classroom space at the elementary schools, TAD and a new band room at EHS.