Drason Beasley

Drason Beasley

Drason Beasley

Republican candidate for Williamson County School Board, District 12

Age and occupation: 42, director of Williamson County’s juvenile detention center

Education: Bachelor’s degree in education from Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee (2003)

Family: I married my high school sweetheart, Sonya, in 2002, and we have four children together. Three of our children are currently enrolled in Williamson County Schools. Our second-born child, Bane Beasley, passed away suddenly in 2010 from bacterial meningitis.

Community/civic affiliations (church, nonprofits, etc.): Following the loss of my son, my wife and I co-founded Banebow, Inc., a local 501c3 nonprofit. Banebow provides cost-free therapeutic counseling services to families that have experienced the loss of a child. I currently serve on the board of directors for Banebow, Inc. and as its president. I am also a member of the executive committee of the Tennessee Juvenile Court Services Association (TJCSA). I am a certified instructor for Non-violent Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) and Shield of Care, which focuses on juvenile suicide prevention. One of my favorite activities is serving as a coach for my children in both flag and tackle football as well as basketball. I am a member of Bethel World Outreach Church and attend with my family. In my free time, I enjoy cooking for my family and smoking all types of meat with my friends.

Have you ever held public office? No.

 

 

Why did you decide to run for this office?

I am running for school board because it’s an opportunity to serve my community and help to ensure that my children and all Williamson County children continue to get the best education possible and to keep WCS the best in our state. Our experience in WCS has been very positive, and all of our children have benefited from great teachers. I believe as a parent with children currently in the schools that I can offer a firsthand parent perspective on what our students and teachers need as well as what our board and administration can do to support them.

What do you believe are the top three issues that need to be addressed in WCS?

1. Teacher salary and retention — I believe this is a huge issue facing our schools. If we do not have enough teachers and staff to teach our students, then our schools will ultimately fail. I want the board to immediately take a detailed look at funding and see how we can continue to increase teachers’ salaries and provide incentive programs for teacher retention.  

2. Increase parental involvement — Williamson County is known for having parents who are active and engaged in their childrens’ education. The school board should never give our community or parents the impression that we do not want their input. We need parents involved in our schools to gain the best possible educational and social outcomes for our students. 

3. Ensure all curriculum is age-appropriate — Our family believes that we should welcome diversity and that our children should have access to a variety of ideas. However, it is critical that all of this material and teaching be age-appropriate. I do not support censorship, and I am strong believer in the First Amendment. I do, however, believe there are certain occasions our school leadership, teachers or librarians have to make tough decisions that may include removing certain materials that are vulgar or inappropriate. A continued review of our current curriculum is desperately needed and is something I would advocate strongly for if allowed this seat.

Why are you the best candidate to serve on the school board?

I have 24 years of experience working with children and youth. Most of those years, I have worked right here in Williamson County with our at-risk youth population. My degree is in education, and with my combined experience, I have a unique understanding of the challenges facing our school system. I am not a longtime politician with all the answers, but I am a longtime Williamson County resident, coach and concerned parent who is willing to give whatever it takes to ensure the very best outcomes for our next generation.  

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