The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Friday, August 12, 2011
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
Mike Pruitt, deputy division chief of Franklin County Public Safety, has announced he will run for the Union Hall District seat on the Franklin County School Board in the November election.
He will be running against P.D. Hambrick, who has been been a school board member for 18 years.
Pruitt, 31, said he has had an interest in serving the community in an elected office for some time.
The life-long resident of the Union Hall community said he is focusing his campaign on "changing the PACE" of the current school board through Perspective, Accountability, Collaboration and Efficiency.
If elected, Pruitt said he will bring a new perspective to the school board.
"I will not hesitate to question the status quo and look for newer, better ways to accomplish the business of the school board," Pruitt said.
Pruitt said he will demand a higher level of accountability from the school administration about the use of allocated resources and funds. He said he will develop a better collaboration with the board of supervisors in order to have a more open and accurate budget process.
Pruitt said he would like to see the school board submit a budget to the board of supervisors, which not only outlines funding requests, but also identifies funding priorities of the school board.
"I also will work towards increasing efficiency in the school system, ensuring that funds are directed to where they are most needed on a yearly basis," Pruitt said.
"By changing the PACE of the school board, I believe the budget process can be improved and allow the school board to become more focused on strategic planning," Pruitt said. "The school board needs to become more focused on meeting the challenges that will be present in 5, 10, 15 years from now, instead of being so consumed by yearly budget confrontations," he added.
Pruitt was homeschooled and graduated from Blue Ridge Academy in 1997. He received associate degrees in construction technology and civil engineering from Virginia Western Community College; emergency health sciences from Jefferson College; and fire and EMS technology from Jefferson College. He received a bachelor's degree in management from Bellevue University and a master's degree in public administration from Jacksonville State University.
In his current job with the public safety department, Pruitt oversees and conducts a variety of training programs for the volunteer and career public safety providers in Franklin County, along with other administrative duties.