Our Warren County School Board is composed of six members, including James Bennett. With 38 years in education, along with a master’s degree from MTSU in administration and supervision, Bennett brings a vast knowledge and perspective from the field itself.
Learn more about Bennett in this week’s snapshot.
Q: Briefly describe yourself.
A: I’m married to Dr. Courtney Bennett. I was in the school system as a teacher, assistant principal, coach and principal before retiring in 2011.
Q: What are your hobbies/ interests?
A: I like to fish, kayak, and watch old westerns.
Q: What was your favorite subject in school? Why?
A: History because I liked to discover things that happened that I didn’t know.
Q: Wrestle a lion or fight a shark?
A: I’d say a lion.
Q: What did you enjoy most about school?
A: My teachers. They always had time to help and talk to you. They were all very sincere and cared.
Q: If you could eliminate one food so that no one would eat it ever again, what would you pick to destroy?
Q: For those that don’t know, what does a School Board member do?
A: Basically, we’re responsible for the adoptions of policies and procedures, the hiring of the Director of Schools, and following state and federal guidelines.
Q: What led you to run for this position?
A: Education had been good to me and I wanted to give back to education and be there in support of the students, teachers, and parents.
Q: What’s it like being a School Board member? (Best part, challenging part)
A: Best part – Seeing our teachers and students excel in academics. The toughest part is wanting to have more money to do more things for our school system.
Q: What are your individual responsibilities for this position?
A: I’m on every committee and chair of the athletic committee. As a board member, we have to make hard decisions and sometimes they aren’t very popular, but that is one of the things we gave our oath to do.
Q: Was there anything surprising to you when you became a board member?
A: I didn’t realize how stern the state and federal laws are regarding the school system. I came in and thought we would be able to do a lot of things, but I realized the state and federal guidelines and that if we don’t follow those guidelines, we don’t receive those funds.
Q: What’s one major decision you have been part of?
A: The reconstruction of Bobby Ray and West Elementary … that takes a lot of money to bring those buildings up-to-date.
Q: What question do you get asked most as a School Board member?
A: I think one thing that a lot of people don’t understand is the School Board is just there as a policy and procedure board. They don’t understand that the laws were changed and the Director of Schools does the hiring and firing. The board has no authority to hire or fire. I get asked that sometimes.
Q: What are your priorities for the district in the coming year?
A: Safety of the entire school system, our building projects, keep moving forward with our academics – both university and career technical. I want to continue with those.
Q: Best way to contact you?
A: 931-668-7282 or email@example.com