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Pruitt to run for at-large seat on school board
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Mike Pruitt

Friday, March 1, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

Michael Pruitt, the deputy division chief with Franklin County Public Safety, will be a candidate for the at-large seat on the Franklin County School Board this November.

"I am running for the seat on the school board in order to effect positive change in our school system," Pruitt said. "While members of the current school board have begun to create positive momentum for our school system, I believe we need to continue this momentum and address the areas where improvements could still be made."

Those areas include increasing the high school graduation rates, developing a sustainable budget that does not routinely depend on carryover or one-time monies, providing needed resources to special education students, and ensuring that all schools have reasonable safety measures in place, Pruitt said.

Pruitt also wants the school board to identify areas to increase efficiency through collaboration with the county, he said.

Pruitt, 33, earned a bachelor's degree in management from Bellevue University and a master's degree in public administration from Jacksonville State University.

Pruitt is a life-long resident of Union Hall, where he lives with his wife, Sarah.

Pruitt has been a volunteer with the Glade Hill Volunteer Fire Department and the Glade Hill Rescue Squad. He is currently a member of the Glade Hill Ruritan Club.

Pruitt unsuccessfully challenged P.D Hambrick for the Union Hall seat on the school board in 2011.

He is the second person to announce his candidacy for the at-large school board seat after William Helm announced his retirement last week. Tyler Bamberg, a systems administrator for Franklin County, is also a candidate for the at-large seat. Bamberg, 24, lives in Callaway.

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