The Richmond Register


October 20, 2012

Madison County School Board candidates - Part 2



Kathie J.R. Bettler (1st District)

Kathie Bettler is a retired educator with 36 years of experience. She taught French, Latin and theater at Madison Southern High School. Both of her children attended schools in the district, she said.

“I think my children are successful because of their education,” Bettler said.

Bettler is the owner of the Spotlight Acting School, a theatre school for all Madison County children ages four to 18. She also volunteers as a teacher at St. Mark Catholic School and teaches Drama to pre-kindergarten students at LaFontaine Preparatory School, both in Richmond.

“Even though I was ready to stop full-time teaching, I still wanted to be involved,” she said.

Bettler is a “strong believer in financial conservatism and curricular and extra-curricular education,” she said. “I would like to see us produce well-educated and strong leaders.”

Jimmy Allen (2nd District)

Jimmy Allen has been involved with education his entire life, he said.

Allen worked for Madison County Schools a total of 27 years as a teacher at Daniel Boone Elementary and as a coach and assistant principal at Madison Central High School. He retired and then returned to work in Central Office as an attendance advocate for six years.

“I like kids and I like working with them — I just thought I would stay in it a bit longer,” Allen said.

Allen said he knows the school system very well and is familiar with many of the personnel. But, his primary reason for running is due to his concern about “the handling of finances,” he said.

“I'm a novice where finances are concerned,” he said. “But if elected, that's what I will need to get a handle on.”

Becky L. Coyle (2nd District)

Becky Coyle is completing her third term on the school board. Coyle has been a manager at University Book and Supply for 30 years.

“I think what we've been doing is very progressive,” she said. “There are changes in technology that are changing the ways we have to teach.”

Coyle believes technology “is not a luxury,” but a way for students to move forward, she said. “And we've got to move with them.”

Her 12 years of experience will benefit the board because she will have a better understanding of the new ideas, concepts, teaching methods and software that are presented to them, she said.

“Being on school board is an on-going process. You have to learn the terminology and you have to know what questions to ask,” she said.

Coyle said she will continue to be a voice for families and students and will represent them if elected.

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