Republican Clyde Hamner of Houma has announced his bid for the District 6 seat of the Terrebonne Parish School Board.
District 6 has been represented by L.P. Bordelon since 1999, but Hamner hopes to change that on election day, Nov. 6.
Early voting runs from Oct. 23-30. If a runoff is needed it will be held Dec. 8, with early voting from Nov. 24 through the first of December.
The district includes areas in west downtown Houma. It also covers the neighborhoods of Sugar Mill, Summerfield and Southdown West, plus part of Southdown Mandelay Road and down La. 311.
“In light of the violence facing schools in our nation, I strongly support the right of every student to attend a secure school that reflects a safe learning environment,” said Hamner.
The candidate supports updating security measures, the presence of school resource officers, counseling, access to mental health services, troubled youth programs and anti-bullying education.
Hamner has 33 years of experience as a teacher and administrator in the parish. He’s gained that experience with varying ages, from pre-K to high school. He says his working knowledge of the school system makes him an ideal candidate.
“I am prepared to handle the challenges facing the next School Board including adopting the annual budget, implementing policies that give the district direction and evaluating the superintendent,” said Hamner.
He supports public disclosure of a long-term master plan with a clear vision, mission and goals. He says it’s paramount to ensure that each public dollar is spent wisely. His experience in accounting and finance would be advantageous, he added.
“My focus is creating an environment where every child has the opportunity to succeed. This requires smaller classes, rich curriculum, career pathways, technical courses, athletics, band, the arts and club activities,” he said.
Although retired, Hamner says he has continued to promote public education through involvement on the executive committee of the Terrebonne Parish Retired Teachers Association. He s also a member of the Louisiana Association of Educators.
Hamner is the first to announce his candidacy for the district. Bordelon has yet to make an announcement. Qualifying dates are from July 18-20.