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Dillon to oppose Martin for District 6 School Board seat

Fred Dillon plans to make sure Knox County students get the best education possible.

Dillion, brother-in-law to Knox County School Board District 6 incumbent Charles “Chuck” James, has filed to run as a candidate in the May 2 election. James is not seeking re-election.

Dillion, 42, is a food broker by profession. A resident of the Ball Camp area of Knox County, he and his wife of 21 years, Deana, have a teenage son that attends school in Karns.

Dillon said he believes his experience as a parent of a Knox County student gives him ample understanding as a candidate.

“I know what it’s like to have a son that rides the bus and deals with the issues in schools,” he said. “What really got me interested in running for School Board is all these issues with the new high school.”

Dillon said he feels the School Board is planning on short-changing the students by cutting out athletics and the technology that will allow students to be competitive in the job market.

“We have not built a new school in Knox County for more than twenty-five years,” he said. “I think the Sixth District is going to get shorted on the necessary things.”

If Dillon were elected, he said one of the things he would do is to make the Knox County Board of Education a little more proactive in terms of seeking funding sources.

“It always seems [the School Board] doesn’t have any type of five-year plan for new construction and growth,” he said. “They’re not proactive. They’re reactive.”

Dillon’s plan would be to recruit someone whose sole purpose would be to apply for grants and recruit industry support for the schools.

“The School Board has not gone out and gotten grants or gotten industry support,” he said. “I think Knox County schools have missed out on a lot of opportunities.”

He also said the School Board should be more responsible for its financial decisions.

“When we’ve got teachers spending five hundred dollars of their own money for school supplies, there’s a problem,” he said. “The School Board ought to be the overseer of the budget and worry more about increasing teacher pay.”

Dillon will vie with H. Lee Martin for the seat on the school board.


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