Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of candidate profiles for the May 6 primary election to be published between now and May 1 in The Daily Journal.
If elected, T.K. Thrower says he would bring years of educational experience to the school board.
The 61-year-old Rockingham man is seeking a seat on the Richmond County Board of Education. The office is a four-year term and pays a salary of $225 per month. Four seats on the board are up for grabs this year.
Thrower is running against incumbents Joe Richardson, Pam Easterling and Irene Aiken as well as challengers Don Greene, Bobbie Sue Ormsby and Dewey Brower.
Early voting for the primary election started Thursday and will last until 1 p.m. on Saturday. Election day for the primary will be May 6. The primary election is the only election for the school board.
Thrower has spent his time as a teacher, assistant principal and principal of a variety of schools including private. He currently is the principal of Second Baptist Church Day School in Hamlet and spends a portion of his time helping out in anyway he can.
“I’ve had work experience in six different schools and have over 30 years of experience in the education field,” he said. “I know and understand what children need to feel safe and secure and when a child feels safe and secure that is when they learn to the best of their abilities.”
Although he works at a private school, Thrower said he continues to be an advocate for public education.
“My family went through public school in Richmond County, and I want to do what I can to help improve it.”
Thrower said his main goal as a school board member will be to bring a comfortable work atmosphere to the schools in Richmond County. Thrower said that it’s important for teachers to feel secure in their positions.
Regarding the $50,000 that Raider football coach Paul Hoggard and Richmond Senior High School Principal Keith McKenzie asked of county commissioners for a proposed youth football program, Thrower believes that there may be other ways to obtain the money other than through the commissioners.
“If the money is available, then great, but you have to prioritize,” Thrower said. “When I became principal of Rohanen (middle school) there were hardly any athletic facilities, but talking to people helped make it happen. “People contributed money to the school because they wanted to see the the facilities. It wasn’t one single source that made it happen, but several.”