The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Friday, April 12, 2013
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
Robin E. Mays of Boones Mill has announced her candidacy for the at-large seat on the Franklin County School Board.
Mays is a WIC (Women, Infants and Children) peer counselor with the Virginia Department of Health and the owner of Star Achievers in Boones Mill, where she also teaches and advocates for students with special needs.
She also operates aMaysing Landscapes in Boones Mill.
Mays' platform includes increasing respect for teachers, parents and students, as well as raising expectations for students.
"Children typically do what is expected of them," she said. "We all need to expect more and not settle for less."
Mays is also concerned about building a support network for students, parents and teachers.
"Don't offer a band-aid to fix a serious problem," Mays said. "Find the problem and fix it."
Mays also believes the school board should focus more on education and less on budgets.
"We can educate students without spending astronomical amounts of money," she said.
Mays is a 1985 graduate of Radford University with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. She is also a certified director of youth ministry through the Methodist Theological School of Ohio.
Mays has also studied American sign language, early elementary education and reading remediation at Virginia Western Community College.
Mays and her husband, Tim, have two children. She also has three stepchildren and six grandchildren.
She serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations, including Healing Strides of Virginia, a therapeutic riding program, and Parents for Progress, a support group for families of individuals with special needs.
Mays is the the fourth candidate for the at-large seat on the school board that is being vacated by the retirement of William Helm. The other candidates are Michael Pruitt, a deputy division chief with Franklin County Public Safety; Tyler Bamberg, a systems administrator for Franklin County; and Penny Edwards Blue, a retired IBM executive.