This is my endorsement of Jarrod Heath Cline for the Whitfield County Board of Education.
I was the director of bands at Westside High School, Southeast Whitfield High School and New Hope Middle School for more than 30 years until 2010. During that time I have been witness to the growth and maturity that the arts programs can bring to students at all levels. At a time when arts funding is under fire and programs and educators are targeted for elimination in our schools, it is important to have school board members who are sympathetic to these issues.
Our children are too important to not let them develop in all areas. Jarrod Cline was a member of the band program at the middle and high school. His daughter was a member of the chorus and color guard for four years. He has pledged to use his BOE stipend to fund a scholarship for the arts. He has reached out to educators and offered to be a voice for them should he be elected.
For these reasons I am endorsing Jarrod Heath Cline for the at-large seat on the Whitfield County school board.