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Seeking another term for the school board in District 3, David Hammond grew up in East Tennessee, attending Johnson City Schools and Unicoi County Schools.

“I have a daughter currently attending Washington County Schools,” he said. “I have a diverse business background and currently serving my third term on the school board.”

Hammond said one reason he wants to continue serving on the school board is he has a desire and dedication to serve others.

“I have been responsive to the needs and concerns of students, parents, teachers and community. I have been fiscally responsible supporting the needs of our school system,” he said. “Our school board and system were recently awarded ‘Best for All Districts’ by the Tennessee Department of Education for designating historical federal funding amounts directly on student achievement to improve academic outcomes.

“As far as the new Jones- borough School, a new school was long overdue. It has been a partnership with community, Jonesborough and Washington County! It is a win for the students and the community.”

Additionally, Hammond intends to continue his work on the school board just as he began it, with parental involvement, advocacy and transparency.

“I will continue to pro- mote parental involvement and transparency. I will continue to work with fellow board members and the director promoting and funding CTE programs for students seeking a career after graduating while continuing to promote and fund curriculum for students seeking to attend college,” he said. “I will continue to support a responsible budget. Teacher retention is a huge issue facing school systems today. I will continue to work with board members and the director to retain quality teachers, administrators and staff. I will continue

to work with board members and director to promote a responsible curriculum and school safety.”

Hammond, who describes himself as a servant who truly loves serving others, said his driving force for seeking another term is having a daughter and other family members in the system and a love for Washington County and East Tennessee.

“I look forward to working with our board members and School Director Jerry Boyd serving our county to equip our students to be career or college ready.

“The people are what I love about this region,” Hammond said. “Washington County and East Tennessee are second to none in quality of life and beauty, but I truly love the people.”