RICHMOND — This is the first of a two-part series of school board candidate profiles, the second of which will publish in Saturday’s paper. Next week, the Register will feature candidate profiles for the Richmond City Commission, Berea City Council and state representatives from districts 36, 73 and 81.
Educational districts one, two, four and five will be on the ballot Nov. 6.
Kathie J.R. Bettler is running against incumbent John Lackey for the first district. Bill Phillips, Jimmy Allen and Greg Mayo are running against Becky L. Coyle for her second-district seat. Mary J. Renfro is competing with incumbent Christopher L. Hager for the fourth-district position. Debbie Secchio and Robert. G Stephens are running for Beth Brock's seat in the fifth district.
In general, boards of education in Kentucky consist of five members. Members are elected on a nonpartisan ballot in even-number years.
Members serve four-year terms — staggered so that the terms of not more than three members of a local board expire at the same time, according to the Kentucky School Boards Association.
This district consists of City Hall, Telford, Eastern, Campus, Ridgehaven, Mayde, South Robinson, Duncannon, South Richmond, Menelaus-Todd, Burnam Highpoint and Tevis Cottonburg-Poosey precincts.
This district consists of North Chenault, North White Hall-Daniel Boone, Forest Hill, Newby Jones, Valley View, South Chenault, South White Hall-Daniel Boone, Courthouse, Red House, Central, North Crutcher and South Crutcher precincts.
Christopher L. Hager (4th District)
Christopher Hager joined the board in April to replace Doug Whitlock, who had stepped down last year.
Since 2006, Hager had been visiting Guatemala where he was on the board of directors for a girls' home. The girls' home took in orphans, cared for them and provided for their education, he said.
“I was involved with the education and well-being of children in Guatemala. I thought how neat it would be to be involved in the education system here in Madison County,” said Hager, whose daughter graduated from Madison Central High School a few years ago.
As a tax payer, property owner and business owner in the county, Hager was concerned about taxes. He wanted to be part of a team of fiscally responsible people, he said, while “keeping an eye on the way we spend money and making sure we take care of the kids.”
He knows the future of Madison County relies on how educated its citizens are, he said.