One of the new faces to the Board of Education in Clinton has a lot of ideas and is optimistic about his peers joining him for the first time on the Board.
Mike Walker defeated incumbent Russell Long for the two-year seat on the Board of Education. Walker feels there is a good balance with the three new members that will join the Board later this month.
Walker did not shy away from the issue of the finances for the school district. He says the power plant is a major focal point of funding, but also the million dollar deficit facing the district. He feels a plan needs to be developed to deal with the shortfalls.
Walker says tough decisions are on the horizon and hopes putting a plan in place will make some of those decisions easier on the ones it will impact. He points to the finances, and says while raising taxes won't be a popular decision, he hopes to keep the public informed of what is happening and why it is happening.
He says his number one priority to educate the students of the district and providing them and their teachers with the proper resources to do that.