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It is an honor to serve the 5th District on the Loudon County Board of Education. I am grateful for your support. If you need any assistance from me about school board business or have any comments on pending business, please contact me at bucklesj@loudoncounty.org or call me at (Eight Six Five) Five Six Six – Five Six Two Seven.

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I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone for the support during my term on the Loudon County Board of Education over the past four years. It has been a tremendous experience. I truly believe that I have brought many beneficial ideas to the Board. Also, as chairman of the policy committee, I have been able to ensure our school system policies are up-to-date, support our mission, and are in compliance with state and federal law.

I am extremely proud of our school board and our Loudon County Schools team. Sure, nothing is ever perfect, but our school system is really doing some great things. I believe that our entire team deserves recognition for the tremendous work being done. In Loudon County, we really are getting some of the best educational results for tax dollars spent. We strive to be efficient, be good stewards of the monies allocated to the schools, and provide a superb education to ensure our students are college and career ready.

Deciding whether or not to run for re-election has been difficult. I have had overwhelming support from many people over the past couple of months encouraging me to run for and serve another term. It has been truly touching. I thank you all for the outpouring of support. I continue to feel that I bring a beneficial and unique perspective to the school board that benefits our schools and our county. This is why my decision is so difficult. While every part of my being really wants to serve another term, I know that I cannot. The reality is that I will likely have to relocate in the near future for some job opportunities. I cannot in good conscience run for an office when I know I will likely be unable to fulfill very little of another term. I would rather give voters the opportunity to elect someone who believes that he or she can serve a full term. This is a difficult decision that I do not come to lightly. It is the result of several months of prayer and consideration. While I would prefer to continue to serve on the school board past the expiration of my first term, I am at peace with this decision and know that it is the right one. Thank you all for the wonderful support, and I am honored to serve each of you.