Roy Terry has become the first to put his hat in the ring for 2018, as the incumbent will be running for a third full term on the Collier County School Board.
Terry filed his paperwork with the Collier Supervisor of Elections this week.
“I have a lot to offer to the board,” Terry said, who has spent about 40 years in the district starting as a teacher. “I know where we’re been, I know where we are, and I think I have an idea of where I want to see us grow in the future.”
Terry was appointed to the board in 2010 after the resignation of Richard Calabrese, then won election in 2010 and 2014. In, he defeated Thomas Andler for his second full term in office.
Since taking office, Terry said he’s seen a ton of improvement in the district, and wants to continue to be a part of that success. Earlier this month, Collier Schools ranked fifth among the state’s 67 counties when district and school grades were released.
“When I started back in 2010 the district school board and the district itself was looked at rather negatively throughout the state, and I think over the last seven or eight years we’ve changed that a lot,” Terry said. “I know that everyone I’ve talked to in the state thinks positively about Collier County and about the direction we’re going.”
“it’s a good feeling to know you’ve been a part of that over the years and it makes me want to believe that I could stay on for another term and continue that positive momentum.”
The board next meets on July 25, the first day of school for students is August 16.
“I just thinking this morning it’s unbelievable how quick the summer goes. When I was a student many years ago, it seemed like the summers lasted forever. Now that I’ve been a teacher, and a school board member and an administrator, the summers go back pretty quick and all of a sudden you’re back to work again,” Terry said.
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