Columbia County Superintendent of Schools

Published On: Aug 05 2012 10:40:20 PM EDT
Updated On: Oct 21 2012 02:18:10 PM EDT

Four men competed in the August primary to be Columbia County's next superintendent of schools and the two who received the most votes -- Terry L. Huddleston and Glenn J. Hunter -- will meet again in the General Election.

All Columbia County races are non-partisan.  Scroll down to read about the candidates.

Glenn J. Hunter


AGE:  57

FAMILY:  Wife, Laura Kennon Hunter (37 years); 2 sons: Travis (wife, Amy) and Kennon; 2 granddaughters: Kaylin and Alaina

OCCUPATION:  Business owner - Hunter Printing -- 33 years

EDUCATION:  University of Florida, B.S. degree in chemistry, P.B. degree in recreation

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE:  24 years of service with Columbia County School Board

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE TOP THREE ISSUES IN THIS RACE?

  1. Leadership at the Superintendent level
  2. Employee morale
  3. Public perception and confidence that the school district does not have the qualified leadership to provide a quality education for our children


HOW CAN YOU HELP VOTERS IN A WAY THAT OTHERS RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE CANNOT?

  • "My 35 years of Community Service working together with businesses forming inter local governmental agreements to provide schools and recreational facilities. Owning a business and working with the public to meet their needs and my 24 years of service on the school board giving the public due process, establishing budgets and setting local policy. These experiences have prepared me to manage the Columbia County School District."


WHAT WOULD YOU HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR ACCOMPLISHING AFTER SERVING IN THIS OFFICE?

  • "I hope to be remembered by the employees that felt their jobs contributed to the success of the Columbia County School District in reaching its goal to be in the top 10 in the state of Florida. Also, that the administrative team was ready to assume the same level of management as the successful retiring Superintendent."


CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: GlennHunter4Supt.com

Terry L. Huddleston


AGE:  56

FAMILY:  Wife, Nancy of 32 years; 2 daughters: Ashley (Tracy) Brinkley, Kelley Huddleston; 2 grandsons, Rylen and Justin.

OCCUPATION:  Current principal at Columbia High School

EDUCATION:  Graduate of Columbia High School; bachelor of science in education, Valdosta State College; master of science, K-12 educational leadership, Nova University

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE:  n/a

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE TOP THREE ISSUES IN THIS RACE?

  1. Improving student performance at under performing schools in the district as reported by the most recent FCAT scores.
  2. Improving teacher salaries
  3. Strong educational leadership at the Superintendent level.


HOW CAN YOU HELP VOTERS IN A WAY THAT OTHERS RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE CANNOT?

  • "My experience as a Principal at the Elementary, Middle and High School levels provides me valuable insight into working with principals, teachers and parents to solve real issues involving classroom instruction, curriculum, budget concerns and student discipline."


WHAT WOULD YOU HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR ACCOMPLISHING AFTER SERVING IN THIS OFFICE?

  • "I would like to be remembered as a strong educational leader that set a vision for academic excellence , outstanding classroom instruction and the establishment of a culture that placed students in the fore front of their educational experience."


CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:  VoteForTerry.com

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