PANAMA CITY - The love for a school system and its children has motivated School Board member Jerry Register to run for the District 1 seat again.
"If we don't have the children to work for on their behalf, we wouldn't be needed," Register
"By being honest and above board, you will do what's best for the kids.
I believe they come first in every decision, that's how I vote."
said the district has faced continual budget decreases and he
knows that will continue to be an issue, but he's
ready for it.
"I want to continue being very fair and do what we have to to teach children and get the most for our money," Register
"I see it as a chal-lenge, but I like it."
experience in the school system is what allows him to face those issues.
spent 17 years teaching and 13 in administra-tion.
"With my experience as a teacher and administrator I can confront problems that face the district every day; I feel I am a hands-on School Board member," Register
"I go to every school every semester; I have a mentor every year with the Bay Education Foundation
I try to go to as many sports and fine arts presentations as I can."
may be focused on doing everything he
can to help the students in the district, but that doesn't mean he
forgets about the teachers.
"I give $5,000 of my salary to teachers every year; 50 teachers get $100 each to spend at Ms. Mary's in Lynn Haven
to spend for their classroom," Register
"Everyone's name goes in a barrel and we pull out 50."
Two of the issues in discussion lately have been privatization and FCAT scoring.
said for the privatization issue, he
knows what is going on with both sides of the discussion.
"With the privatization issue, I have met with both sides and will continue to do so; I keep up with the materials and will keep doing that too," Register
"We have great workers in our district and I appreciate them."
said there is a lot of tension concerning the FCAT and he
believes the situation needs review.
"We need a valid assessment tool and I was a fan of the FCAT in the beginning," Register
"The test has gotten larger and larger and it's get-ting more bureaucratic.
I think the test may have outlived its usefulness, but we still need a measuring tool for education."
Above all, Register said serving the Bay County school district has been a joy.
"I really feel that we have some of the best teachers and support people in the world in our district," Register