NAME AS IT APPEARS ON BALLOT: Bradley Fiscus
OFFICE BEING SOUGHT AND DISTRICT:
Williamson County Board of Education, District 4
Have you previously run for or held a position in public office? No
ADDRESS: Villages of Clovercroft, Franklin
OCCUPATION: 2009-present: Director of Next Gen Discipleship, Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church
EDUCATION: BA in biology, Secondary Education Certification, Indiana University-Bloomington, 1989
FAMILY: Married to Dr. Michelle D. Fiscus, MD, since 1990. Two children: Mare’, 16, a senior at Page High School, and Collins, 14, a sophomore at Page High School. Three large dogs: Libby, Hershey and Tucker.
We have lived in Franklin since 1998. Dr. Fiscus was a co-owner of Cool Springs Pediatrics for 18 years serving children and families as a pediatrician.
Member of Epworth United Methodist Church, Franklin, since 2002; past Church Council Chair at Epworth UMC and various committees at Epworth; a founding and current board member of Project Transformation Tennessee, a year-round literacy program focused on connecting college students to serve underserved children and youth at churches in urban, suburban and rural communities in Middle and West Tennessee; volunteer wrestling coach at Page High School and previously at Page Middle; Williamson County Recreation flag football coach for five seasons
1.) Why did you decide to run for this office?
I was compelled to run for the District 4 representative to the Williamson County School Board because my family has benefited from the outstanding schools in our county. My wife and I are products of public education and, as a former public-school teacher, I know the important role that the School Board fills in advocating for our teachers, students and administrators. As a parent of two children who have attended every level of Williamson County Schools, and as a 20-year resident of Williamson County with a lifetime of experience as a public-school teacher, interim administrator, youth mentor and coach, I believe I am uniquely qualified for the position.
2.) What do you believe are the top three issues that need to be addressed in Williamson County Schools? What solutions do you offer?
The social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth of young people should be the No. 1 priority of our community. We know that students who commit violence against themselves or others have often been subjected to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). When a student’s social situation does not provide adequate support, the school may be the only resource available to provide the help they need. This means that we must not only provide for their educational needs by providing well-qualified teachers, but we must also have adequate counseling staff, school psychologists, behaviorists and other skilled professionals in place to address the behavioral health concerns of students.
We are at a critical point in our community. We have outstanding schools because of the hard work that our students, teachers, administrators and parents put forth each day. At the same time, more and more parents are moving to our community so their children can have access to the great educational opportunities it provides. Striking the balance between the growth of the community and the need to keep our schools functioning optimally is a challenge that needs to be carefully considered. The board must work strategically with the Williamson County Commission, the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the Franklin City Planning Commission to understand the real impact of growth upon infrastructure and, most importantly, upon our schools.
3.) Why are you the best candidate to serve on the Williamson County Board of Education?
I am the best candidate to serve in this role because of my experience as a former public-school teacher, interim administrator and now a parent of children in our public schools. I understand the important role that the school board fills in advocating for students, teachers and administrators. I understand the importance of the relationship between the board and the central office staff, led by Dr. Mike Looney, as they work to ensure that our schools continue to have the resources and funding necessary for success. I have dedicated my career to developing, nurturing and advocating for young people and their families, I will continue to do the same as a member of the Williamson County Board of Education.