|Helm not seeking re-election in November|
Friday, February 22, 2013
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
Tyler Bamberg of Callaway has announced his intention to seek election to the at-large seat on the Franklin County School Board.
William O. Helm, the longtime at-large school board member, said Thursday he will not seek re-election in November.
Bamberg, 24, who is a system's administrator for Franklin County, said he would like to see more young adults get involved and take responsibility for their future.
"I am looking for an opportunity to impact the lives of students, to take care of the future generations," Bamberg said.
"The most important things we can give to our children is our support of their continued success through education," he added.
Bamberg wants to save taxpayers money by preventing wasteful spending, he said.
"The school division is currently allotted roughly 65 percent of the county budget for operations," Bamberg said. "We need to be mindful of every dollar we spend and ensure that as much of it as possible stays in the local community."
Bamberg is also an advocate of "common sense" ideas and accountability from students for their grades and behavior.
"We need a disciplinary system that holds the students responsible for both their behavior and academic performance," Bamberg said. "In return, we need to offer the best educational services and training to our students to prepare them for the real world and ensure they aren't sent into a situation for which they are not ready."
Bamberg would also encourage more local businesses to support the school division, and vice versa.
"We know we are going to need to buy items for the schools, so let's spend that money with local companies to help stimulate jobs here as much as possible," he said.
Bamberg is a graduate of Colorado Technical University with bachelor's degrees in business management and information technology (IT). He earned his master's degree in IT management while working for Interactive Achievement, an educational company.
In addition to working for Franklin County, Bamberg is the cofounder and CIO of www.krunchthat.com, an innovative tool that allows students to compile research for papers and projects, he said.
Bamberg is a lay speaker in the United Methodist Church and a lifelong fan of soccer, which he still plays, officiates and assigns games in the area.
For more information about Bamberg's platform, visit www.tylerbamberg.com.