Elect 2012: Beard wants to help Rowan schools improve

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 1, 2012

By Sarah Campbell
Bryce Beard said he wants to continue to find ways to create the best school system possible.
That’s why the current Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education member has filed for reelection.
“I see the school system like a bridge over troubled water, the Bridge over the River Try,” he said. “The changing currents in the economic make-up of our economy are making it more difficult to offer students relevant curriculums for the 21st century.
‘The most important pieces of the puzzle for success are having the schools aligned with the honest ambition the students should have to become successful.”
Beard, 65, said the bridge has to be built by helping students become independent thinkers.
“It is important that every student do their best to try to learn and grow through their time in school.,” he said.
Beard said the district already has one of the best administrative teams in the state with Superintendent Dr. Judy Grissom at the helm.
“Over the last six years our leadership team, through its initiatives, has put in place many new and relevant learning opportunities for or children,” he said.
Despite budget cuts on both the state, local and federal levels throughout the past several years, Beard said the district has continued to thrive.
“Dr. Judy Grissom has managed the budget in a way that has allowed us to keep the most important elements of or school system in place for students,” he said. “It has been all about the classroom. I do not know where we would be if it were not for the leadership of Dr. Grissom.”
Beard said he feels he should continue his work on the board to make sure the schools “get better yet.”
“In that role I will continue to be a strong supporter of Dr. Grissom as our educational leader,” he said.
Beard is currently running unopposed for the Salisbury area seat on the board.
It’s one of three seats up for grabs on the board.
Incumbent Dr. Jim Emerson has filed to represent the east area.
Newcomer Dr. Lynn Marsh will take on incumbent Linda Freeze for the southeast area seat.
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Bryce Beard
Age: 65
Address: 1617 Emerald St., Salisbury
Phone: 704-633-1046
Occupation: Property manger and real estate broker for Wallace Realty
Education: Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Previous elected office: Currently serving his second term on the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education