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August 4, 2013

Letter: Laird running for school board

My name is Steve Laird and I am announcing my intention to run for the Dalton Public Schools Board of Education.

I believe that each student represents a unique opportunity for our school system to positively impact not only their lives, but also our community and the world beyond.  I would like to be a part of the already strong team that continues to make the most of each opportunity our school system is given.  I feel that my financial background, my strong belief that each young person deserves and needs the best education they can obtain and my passion for the Dalton community will allow me to contribute to our board of education.

My loving wife, Bett, and I have lived in Dalton for the past 18 years. I graduated from Florida State University with a double major in accounting and finance. My work experience includes: banking, certified public accounting and I am currently the commercial carpet contract administrator for Shaw Industries.

Through my children, the young man that I mentor and the fact that my wife works for Dalton Public Schools, I have learned firsthand the effect a strong school system can have on the development and success of children in Dalton. I have also seen the positive impact that education can have on the success of local industries, both large and small.

It is my desire for Dalton Public Schools to continue to provide the high quality of education that we have come to expect for our children and it is my intention to strive to improve this delivery of education at every opportunity.

My wife is a teacher at Dalton Middle School. She has taught in Dalton Public Schools for 18 years. Both of my children, Daniel and Beth, graduated from Dalton Public Schools and later from the University of Georgia. Daniel then went on to graduate from law school at Mercer University.

The young man that I mentor, Tristen Harrell, graduated from Dalton High School and is  attending college at Auburn University at Montgomery.

I am deeply involved in our community activities as a deacon at First Baptist Church of Dalton and as a member of the board of trustees at the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation and the Dalton Education Foundation.  In addition, I am the treasurer for the Dalton Drug Free Coalition, which will be running the upcoming Teen Maze event for approximately 2,000 Dalton, Whitfield and Murray County 10th-graders. I have also served as a community coach for First Kids Basketball and the First United Methodist Church Youth league and am an active member of the Dalton High Tip-Off Club.

I would greatly appreciate your support.  

Steve Laird

Dalton

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