FRIENDS TO ELECT JASON SYKES ANNOUNCE LEADERSHIP TEAM
SUPPORT CONTINUES TO
BUILD WITH STRONG ADDITIONS TO CAMPAIGN
Friends to Elect Jason Sykes announced two key leadership positions today for their upcoming election.
Sykes is running for Bartlett Alderman Position 6 on the November 6, 2012 ballot. The announcement signals a surge of support
for the election. Brooks McDonald has been named Sykes’ campaign director. McDonald is the owner of McDonald Insurance
Partners, a local Nationwide insurance business, and graduate of the Leadership Bartlett program where he serves as the 2012
class chair. Jane Garrett, who was named Women of the
Year 2011 by the Bartlett Express and Lifeblood’s Volunteer of the Year 2010, has been named as the campaign’s
volunteer manager. Garrett is the community relations director for Saint Francis Hospital – Bartlett and is also a graduate
of the Leadership Bartlett program. Garrett serves on the Bartlett Area Chamber Foundation board and is a committee member
on the Leadership Bartlett planning program.
“I am proud to have Brooks
and Jane as members of my leadership team,” said Sykes. “As a small business owner, Brooks brings a specific perspective
to the campaign. And Jane’s energy and passion for our city is clear by her involvement. Both will be outstanding leaders
as this campaign continues to move forward.”
The Friends to Elect Jason Sykes team has also named other key leadership positions within the campaign
which include: Clay Banks, Mike Burns, Patrick Casey, Larry Hilbun, Beverly Holmgren, David Horne, Randy Lillard, Shannon
Massey, Penny Medlock, John Roberts, and Mick Wright. To learn more about Jason Sykes and his candidacy for Bartlett Alderman,
you can visit the website at: www.votejasonsykes.com
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Becky, Jacob and Jason Sykes
Getting to Know Jason Sykes
Candidate for Position 6 Alderman
Jason Sykes, 33, is a true son of Bartlett. Born to Jerry and Danita Sykes here
in Bartlett, he has lived here his whole life. He loves his hometown and wants his son, Jacob, to love it just as much. The
future of Bartlett is on his mind. That is why he is running for Alderman Position 6 in the 2012 election.
Sykes, a senior donor relations account executive, who coordinates Bartlett blood
donations for Lifeblood, has found a calling helping people and the community.
"I am active in a lot of community work in Bartlett. Not just in Lifeblood," said Sykes. "I feel that
I have a solid track record of service and I want that to continue (moving) forward in a broader leadership role for the city.
I have an obligation to my city and to my family; And to my son in particular. I want him to know an even stronger Bartlett
than what I knew."
Sykes is active in Leadership Bartlett,
The Leadership Alumni, The Bartlett Beautiful Commission and the Bartlett Chamber. His love of the city he has grown up in
is evident when he speaks of economic development and the school system of which he is a graduate.
"I am not one of those guys that just sits around the table and talks about the issues," said Sykes. "I
want to go out there and do the work. That is just who I am. I am a true product of Bartlett. I was born and raised here.
I went to public school here. I've never been gone. I've never moved away. I take a certain pride in that. I am very proud
of the city of Bartlett. I want to maintain the standards and I want Bartlett to grow even stronger."
Sykes doesn't worry that his plate will get too full. He says he has prayed about
it and given it a great deal of thought. He has surrounded himself with groups of what he sees as team players as the election
year kicks off and said his wife, Becky, is on board as well.
was raised with the attitude, that if you appreciate and value something, you do not sit on the sidelines. You have a responsibility
to contribute, and give back. Find a way to concern yourself, be committed and try to maintain that level of service and make
it better," said Sykes. "That is just ingrained into me."
For more information about Jason Sykes bid for Position 6 Alderman visit www.votejasonsykes.com
Position Number 6
Say Hey to Jay!
A well qualified Jay Rainey was chosen by the Board of Aldermen
Tuesday, November 22, to take the Position 6 seat vacated by John Barzano. Mr. Rainey is the retired chief administrative
officer of the city of Bartlett and has returned on occasion to fill in for short periods of time when needed; and this
seemed to be no exception. Alderman Rainey said he has no intentions of running for the seat in 2012, he is just filling in
the seat for the next year. Thirteen people applied for the position and Alderman Rainey was chosen on nominations alone.
Saying "Good-Bye" to Alderman Barzano
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting October 25 was the last
appearance for Alderman John Barzano who has resigned his position. Barzano is moving back to the Northeast to be with his
parents and family after 23 years of living in the south and feels it is time to go back to his roots. He and his wife Diane
are ready to return "home" to be with family although Barzano says he will miss Bartlett very much. For more pictures
of the meeting see page Board of Mayor and Aldermen Meeting Oct. 25.
Board of Education Approves Members of Merger Transition Team
For Release: Thursday,
September 8, 2011
The Shelby County Board of Education today approved its five selections to the school merger transition
team during a Special Call Business Meeting. The selections are:
Tommy Hart: Tommy Hart is a former
Shelby County Commissioner and also served as the Chairman of the County Commission. He was the President and CEO of Hart
Manufacturing in Collierville and is presently associated with the Hart Properties Group.
Richard Holden retired from Shelby County Schools while serving as the Chief of Operations in charge of building and maintaining
schools. He also served as the Director of Planning and, prior to that, was in charge of student testing.
Jeans: In 1968, Rickey Jeans was one of the first African-American children to integrate Shelby County Schools. He
later became an All-American football player at Collierville High and went on to play at and graduate from Vanderbilt University.
He owns his own insurance agency in Memphis and next month will be inducted into the SCS Hall of Fame.
McDonald: Keith McDonald has been Mayor of Bartlett for the past nine years and, prior to that, served as
a Bartlett Alderman for five years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Municipal League, as well
as on the Board of Directors for the National League of Cities (NLC). He isalso past Chairman of the First Tier Suburbs Committee
for the NLC.
Katie Stanton: Katie Stanton is a former teacher, principal and Director of Student Services
for SCS. She was twice elected as President of the Shelby County Education Association and also served as the President of
the Tennessee Education Association. She is presently working with Christian Brothers University supervising and evaluating
Town Hall Forum focuses on Municipal School District
Anyone that may be interested in starting a Shelby
County Neighborhood Association to discuss the future of the children of Shelby County's education email Pete Martin at email@example.com.
By Dawn Boone
At the Town Hall Forum, held March
3 at Bartlett Municipal Station, it was evident that the citizens of Bartlett, in attendance, were serious about not letting
the students of Bartlett be part of a school system that includes Memphis City Schools.
Jacquie Gore said she had collected quite a few questions
before the Town Hall Forum, much of them the same question. Declining to share the question, it was evident after the meeting
what it must have been. How much would it cost for Bartlett to have it’s own school system?
Bartlett is, after all, its own municipality. Why
couldn’t Bartlett form their own school system if Memphis and Shelby County Schools were forced to merge?
Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald opened
the Forum by referring to a time over a decade ago when Memphis had once before threatened to give up their charter because
Shelby County Board asked for Special School District Status so that boundaries could be frozen.
McDonald explained he felt the failure was because
of taxing priorities that would have been brought on by the Special School District Status. And he feels that is still a problem
The Mayor said
that he had heard from several Bartlett residents who wanted a municipal district for the authority and autonomy it would
give Bartlett residents over their schools.
There are approximately 10,703 school age children in Bartlett.* approximately 6,271 of those children
attend public schools within the city limits Bartlett.
While much of the talk was about Bartlett actually starting their own school system, should Memphis
dissolve its charter, the cost in taxes was covered quite quickly and without much ruse from the 150 or so attendees. The
estimated cost is between .75 cents to $1 rise in taxes for Bartlett residents. The net book value on the schools located
within the city limits of Bartlett is 65 million dollars. Which opened another discussion.
“The only way we could do that,” said
McDonald, “Is with a bond issue. I don’t know if you have been reading any financial magazines or even the local
paper, but they are not getting a good rap.”
The Mayor said he had spoke with David Pickler about Shelby County giving Bartlett the schools in
answer I got from David Pickler was his understanding of advice from the attorney of the County School System,” said
McDonald, “There was a big question about whether or not if the schools were unified, whether or not they could sell,
lease or give any of those schools to us based on the new unified school system for better school buildings.”
The Mayor went on to say that if
the School Board couldn’t give, sell or lease Bartlett the schools within Bartlett’s own city limits because they
were so “much better” than other schools, the other schools must be some really bad off buildings.
Although the Mayor began the meeting
directly broaching the subject of a municipal school system for the city, he pointed out the other direction.
“Now, municipal schools are
not our only option. And I think, so far, based on the information I have, based on an economic standpoint, purely economical.
The best solution for us is to have at least most of what we now know as the Shelby County School System deemed a Special
School District. That way the infrastructure is all in place. The books, the curriculum, the buildings, the administration,
the things that they need. Transportation, all those things exist,” said McDonald.
Turning the floor over to the other speakers present included
State Representatives Ron Lollar and Jim Coley, Coley is also an educator at Bolton High School, questions were held until
the end of the night.
Representative Lollar was very passionate about his stand against consolidating the two districts, “They can’t
care about the kids, if they continue to make the kids of the city feel like they are not wanted by anybody. If you know anybody
in the city, make sure they get out and vote. Vote No. They are planning to sue us again over the Norris-Todd law. They are
going to sue us every time they get a chance and they are going to use our money to sue us with.”
Representative Coley perhaps explained the situation
with the school systems best when he said they didn’t understand the communities like Bartlett.
“I think they are foreigners. I don’t
they grew up in this community. I don’t think they really understand how devastating all these different types of plans
are. They are destroying our sense of community and their vision is unclear,” said Coley.
Mayor McDonald made a clear point when he said
“If the referendum fails or passes it is a two edge sword, in my opinion. That is what I am speaking in right now, my
opinion. If the referendum passes, the Norris-Todd Bill goes into effect, that’s about a two and half year planning
period and at the end of that period it removes prohibition on Special School Districts. If it fails, the possibility exist
that things go back to like they were. That assumes the City Council of Memphis will honor the vote of their citizens. But
we will have to see whether that happens or not.”
Mayor McDonald never swayed from his loyalty to the citizens of Bartlett. “But if we can’t
get Special School District status, the way we should get it, but we could get Municipal School Systems passed; my question
is – could we afford not to do it? What happens to our property values?”
The Mayor went on to say that he does care about the education
of all 150,000 children in both districts but “He has an elected responsibility for 10,703.” He wants the other
elected officials for those other 140,000 children to be working just as diligently to be sure those children are properly
A few questions
were asked at the end of the forum; however one attendee made it very clear to the Mayor that Bartlettonians were ready to
do whatever it takes to ensure Bartlett children got the best public education possible. Even if that means “protesting
somewhere, just tell us where.”
If only that would do anyone any good in situations like this. *More accurate numbers
will be released in April with the 2010 Census.