Tina Heffner, current member of the Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees, is running for re-election as the board's District 1 representative.
Heffner is a lab technician at Medlab Partners. She has been married for 26 years and has two sons. Heffner has lived in Clay County for 40 years.
Heffner is running for re-election because several community members she respects encouraged her to do so. "I wasn't sure if I would run again," Heffner said, "but several community members, several of whom hold public office, encouraged me to run again. I thought it would be selfish of me, with my previous experience on the board, to not run again." Heffner said her experience with the school board qualifies her to stay on.
"I've learned a lot about the different laws we have to deal with," Heffner said, "and there are a lot of changes coming up that the school board and schools will have to deal with. I'd like to be a part of making sure teachers are OK and understand what's going on. So far, I'm happy with the decisions the board has made." Heffner said she is concerned with helping teachers understand the RISE evaluations.
"I want to support teachers when it comes to the RISE evaluations," Heffner said. "Because if one fails, we all fail. I just want to be supportive to the teachers in our corporation." Heffner said she is pleased with the way the board has dealt with teacher contracts and school building renovations. She is also proud of the way they've maintained a balanced budget. "We have a lot of great things coming up," Heffner said, "and I'd like to be a part of it."
Heffner said she is passionate about all of Clay County, not just the schools.
"I have a concern for the welfare of the whole community," Heffner said, "and schools incorporate that on a lot of different levels. I am always looking out for the best of the student."
Heffner said she is excited to see how technology advances learning in the classroom. "We have new technology coming in, and I'm excited to see where that takes us," Heffner said. "I'd like to stay around to offer support to teachers and students as they adopt technology into the classroom."
Heffner said student responsibility is the most important thing in schools.
"Students must take responsibility for their own education," Heffner said. "They are there to learn and work and enjoy their activities. It's really important that they fully participate in their education."