Autauga County Board of Education Republican runoff candidates | #Education

PRATTVILLE — Two candidates are in the running for the Republican nomination for the Autauga County Board of Education’s District 2 post in Tuesday’s runoff.

Kim Crockett came in first in the four-person race in the primary, but did not capture the required 50% plus one to forego the runoff. Wayne Lambert took second. Incumbent Jim Manderson came in third.

Crockett has a background in education.

“After volunteering thousands of hours in the schools of District 2, I was encouraged by a mentor to consider a run for the board,” she said. “I started attending all of the local school board meetings, where I discovered a disconnect between the board and the classroom. 

Kim Crockett

“Having classroom experience as a teacher, a mom, and a volunteer, I believe I have a unique perspective that is desperately needed on our board.”

Lambert is a product of the local schools and has had children and now grandchildren go through the schools.

“I decided to run for the school board because I have a vested interest in our educational system, as well as our county,” he said “I have had family attending and working in the school system for the past 35 years, and I will bring an enormous amount of perspective and experience.  As a grandfather of five that are currently in the county school system, I want to ensure that my grandchildren and all students have the best educational opportunities to allow them to pursue higher education learning, trade certification or be employable in our society upon their graduation.

“I am committed to securing and responsibly executing the necessary resources to benefit our children and make sure they are career and college ready.”

Wayne Lambert

His business background makes him qualified to serve, he said.

“I am a retired chief financial officer with over 43 years of fiscal experience,” Lambert said.  “Now more than ever, it is essential that we understand how the economy and business world impact our funding.

“Make no mistake, the Autauga County school system is a business and is the second largest employer in our county.  I want to leverage my business skills to acquire the necessary resources for our schools.  A healthy school system translates into a health community.”

Crockett says she knows the schools 

“I have a bachelor’s degree in education and years of classroom teaching experience,” she said  “When I became a mom, I decided to devote my time to serving my children’s schools. 

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