Walton Chamber goes political at luncheon

Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 04:07 PM.

She has managed a $98 million dollar budget, as the school system is one of the largest employers in Walton County.

"During my tenure, we have met the letter of the law for class size reduction all four years. We have increased advanced placement courses. I started distance courses and distance live streaming. I want to continue the good school practices and commitment to local businesses," she said.

Then came her Democratic opponent Rosemary Ragle. She pointed out that education and politics don't mix. She went on to say that she is dismayed at the lack of progress that has been made in the school system for opportunities for at-risk children.

"The parents of these children don't feel included," she said.

Another problem is that 51 percent of Walton County's students aren't performing at satisfactory or above in reading, and 17 percent in our schools scored in the lower percentages in making learning gains, Ragle said.

She admitted she feels at a disadvantage running as a Democrat, but she said it's not about her.

"Either lead, follow, or get out of the way," she challenged.

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