WASHBURN – Sheila Nicley Bailey, business owner of Sheila’s Salon and community advocate, has announced her candidacy for a seat on the Grainger County School Board in District 4.
“I love being involved in our community and can’t wait to serve if elected. I’ve been quietly listening to many voices throughout the years and I think it gives me a unique perspective to bring to the board if chosen,” Bailey said.
She said she has chosen to run to be a bridge between teachers, parents, students, community members and the board of education. She said she will always be available to hear concerns and answer questions, and if there is something she doesn’t have an answer for she will do her best to get the answers sought. She said she will keep parents informed by posting updates on social media.
Bailey said one of the things she will focus on is less testing for students. She is also interested in increasing the number of CTE courses being offered, because not all students are college bound. She said she would like to see more effort put into FFA, finance and business management, because farming is such a large part of the county’s income.
Bailey said she is passionate about sports, and has three children who are involved in sports at Washburn. Her daughter Emery runs cross country and has participated in track at Grainger High School.
“We don’t have football, soccer, track, etc., but if you want to play one of those you can go to Rutledge, to GHS and try out. These are some of the things I want to make people aware of in our District,” Bailey said.
She said she hopes the new baseball/softball fields will help Washburn add more teams soon.