The Issues

Protecting Students

School safety is the most important issue for the Board of Education. 

I understand that in these trying times in which we live, security and emergency preparedness is second to none. I beleive that nothing should be left off the table during discussion on school safety. Hall County Schools should be the safest place for students and employees alike. Mark will support the continued efforts to provide a safe learning environment for the children of Hall County.

Expanding School Choice

Hall County Schools has great programs of choice. Mark believes that each child should have access to a program of choice that best fits his or her individual talents. 

By expanding programs of choice and charter schools, Hall County will better equip students by providing families the opportunity to send their child to a unique and intriguing school which enables them to take control of their future.

Supporting Teachers

Mark believes in a bottom up, rather than a top down approach to education. 

Too often our teachers’ hands are tied with mandatory standardized testing and other federal and state requirements which actually reduce their time teaching. Teachers and parents know best what works in the classrooms. Mark will always support increased parental involvement and teacher discretion in the classroom.

Teaching Technical Skills

For too long we have been pushing high school graduates into four-year colleges only to watch them struggle to find employment after completing their post-secondary education. 

Georgia is in dire need of skilled workers, and companies are willing to pay top dollar for technically skilled employees. Mark wants to create more career and technical pathways in Hall County’s high schools so that our area is a friendly labor climate for industry.

Engaging the Public

Hall County Schools serves 28,000 students each day. Community engagement is necessary no matter how large or small our system is.

Mark wants to facilitate roundtable discussions to learn more from teachers, parents and students. While maintaining open lines of communication at the school level is important, Mark also would like to livestream Board of Education meetings so that everyone can participate in the operations of the school board.

Enhancing Efficiency

As a management person for a Fortune Fifty company, Mark knows how to make the best use of our tax dollars and increase efficiency. 

Having served on the Hall County SPLOST Citizen Review Panel, Mark will take his business experience and use it to benefit the school system so that everyone enjoys an efficient, responsive and world class education.

Planning for Growth

Hall County’s population hovers around 200,000 and is expected to increase substantially in the near future. 

Planning for smart growth and maximizing the efficiency of our current facilities will be paramount during the next four years. Mark is ready to roll up his sleeves, get to work and plan ahead in order to provide the best educational experience possible for the students of Hall County.