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Montgomery to seek re-election to school board
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Thad Montgomery

Friday, February 8, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

Thad Montgomery will seek re-election to the Boone District seat on the Franklin County School Board in November.

Montgomery, 37, was elected to the board in November 2011 to fill the seat vacated by Marilyn Starkey.

"We, as a board, have taken significant steps in the right direction to communicate more effectively with the community and board of supervisors and be more transparent," Montgomery said. "But our job is not finished."

Montgomery is the owner and operator of Double M Dairy in Burnt Chimney. As a farmer and small business owner, Montgomery said he brings a different perspective to the school board.

Agribusiness is still the largest industry in Virginia and the second largest employer in Franklin County, he said.

"As a school division, it helps to look at the needs of all students, especially those who will make their homes here in Franklin County," Montgomery said. "The expansion of our career and technical certification programs will allow students to develop the skills needed to go directly to work and be successful."

"A strong career and technical program also helps stimulate the local economy by educating the workforce, thereby increasing the interest of businesses looking to locate here," he added.

Montgomery said he continues to be concerned about unfunded mandates and regulations imposed on the school division by the state and federal governments, and he will continue to work to with local representatives to remedy the situation whenever possible.

"Teachers need to be allowed to use their creativity to inspire students, not be limited by mandates and teaching to a test," Montgomery added.

Montgomery is married to the former Gayle Cox, and the couple has five children.They are members of Franklin Heights Baptist Church.

Montgomery is a 1993 graduate of Franklin County High School. He has served as a delegate for the Virginia Farm Bureau and the National Milk Producers Federation. He also served as the chairman of the Franklin County Farm Bureau's Young Farmers Committee.

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