From STAFF REPORTS
Julie Nix, current Franklin County School Board member (Blue Ridge District) and board chairwoman, has filed for candidacy for the November election.
Nix, who first gained a slot on the school board in 2013 when former board member Ed Jamison retired, will be seeking her second full term.
“When I first started, I thought I would sit on the board until someone else took over,” Nix said. “But then I found myself falling in love with it.
“I want [the kids] to have a safe place where they can learn and grow and be,” Nix said. “I want to research ways to make our schools more secure for both our students and staff, including facility improvements and staff training.”
One of her major concerns is childhood hunger, as many Franklin County children live in food-insecure homes. Nix works with programs such as the elementary schools’ backpack programs — including the Ferrum Elementary Panther Packs program — to help alleviate childhood hunger.
Nix also said that funding is one of the biggest challenges facing the school system.
“We rely heavily on state and local governments for the money it takes to run the school system,” she said. “I’d like to continue working with our legislators to show them how great our needs are.”
She acknowledges there is room for improvement, whether it comes in the form of facility updates, well-compensated teachers or new buses.