HAZARD — Since last November, Yvonn Allen has served on the Perry County Board of Education for District 3. This coming November, Allen hopes to continue to serve the students, parents, and faculty of Perry County schools.
Allen said his main goal as a board member is to make the best decision for the students and the communities he serves and represents.
He said sometimes school board members and politicians forget that they serve the community they represent.
“It’s about helping the children… I want our children to have that happy school experience. It really sets the tone for their life,” said Allen.
One of the issues Allen wants to face during his time as a member of the school board is make sure Perry County Central High School has a full-time librarian.
“It doesn’t make good sound educational sense for me, someone not there that could serve our children. We have a wonderful facility there and it needs to be staffed by a librarian that is fully certified,” said Allen.
Another issue Allen feels is important is raising the salaries of teachers in the Perry County schools system and support staff.
“We have next to the lowest paid teaching salaries in this area. We have the lowest paid salaries in most areas of custodial help, clerks, cooks and bus drivers,” said Allen.
He said he wants to make sure those school employees know how thankful he is of them and their service to the students.
Allen wants to make sure next year Robinson Elementary School have a food service during the summer. He said this year they didn’t have one.
“The only school in the area that did not have it,” said Allen.
Next summer, Allen said, he wants to see that corrected.
Allen said he wants t0 strengthen the Arts and Humanities classes and programs.
“Arts and Humanities are very important to students self-esteem and overall educational process of the child. I think it is an area that we should never cut. If anything, we ought to build upon it,” said Allen.
Allen has spent 40 years as an educator and spent 21 years as the Robinson Elementary’s Principal.
He spent four years as the principal of PCHS and worked at Alice Lloyd College for more than six years.
Allen wants voters of District 3 to know this before they go to the polls, “I thank them for their support this past year. I will continue to do what I set out to do and that is to serve the children. Do my best to see that the Chavies school won’t close. I would like their support again.”
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.