The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Friday, March 1, 2013
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
Brian Hamilton of Sontag has announced his intention to run for the Snow Creek District seat on the Franklin County School Board.
Hamilton, 36, will challenge current member G.B. Washburn Jr. for the seat.
"I have three children who will soon be part of the school system," Hamilton said. "I guess you could say I have 'skin in the game'."
"I believe there is the potential for greatness in every child," he added. "And parents have to be involved in their children's education. We have to do our part as parents to achieve maximum results for our children. We cannot expect our teachers to do all the work."
Hamilton is the CEO of Agabus Solutions Inc., an information technology company in Franklin County.
He earned an associate's degree in information systems technology from Virginia Western Community College and a degree in theology from Blue Ridge Bible College.
Hamilton said he will be an advocate for accountability for students, parents and staff in the school division, especially in terms of the budget.
"I hope to see continued transparency and accountability in the budget process," he said. "School board members are responsible to their constituents to use their tax money wisely."
But accountability on the part of teachers should not include merit pay, he said.
"In business, the idea of receiving more pay for superior work is great," Hamilton said. "But teachers have no control over the main ingredient in their business -- the children."
"Teachers need support from home, from parents," he added. "We have to be involved. We can't dump all the responsibility on our teachers."
A native of Bradenton, Fla., Hamilton graduated from Manatee High School in 1994 and attended the College of Florida. He moved to Franklin County in 1996.
Hamilton coached soccer for the recreation department for nearly two years, served as a member of the Rocky Mount Rotary Club and served as an ambassador for the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce. Hamilton also served on the high school's Technical Advisory Committee.
Hamilton and his wife, Mary, have three children, Aiden, 5, Elizabeth, 3, and Wyatt, 7 months.