Evans eager to start role on school board

Evans takes oath of office December 3, 2012

The coming term for the Macon County School System will bring many challenges. Challenges newcomer Melissa Bateman Evans says she is ready to help with.

Evans was officially seated this week on the Macon County Board of Education after she defeated long-time incumbent Tommy Baldwin for the Nantahala post. Baldwin had served a combined 28 years on the school board.

We spoke with Evans, who is hopeful her background in finance and banking will prove helpful to the school board as they continue to face budget issues in the coming term.

“I want to take a look at the budget. I know there’s a lot of problems with it right now, but I’m excited about looking at that and having some input. I am also looking forward to meeting the principals and teachers and getting a feel for what they want for their schools.”

And the budget is what Evans says is the biggest issue facing schools right now, “Just finding the money for things that schools need. After talking to teacher it’s technology and things we need for the schools and the money is not there. I hope that I can help with that. I really do.”

Evans will be the only newcomer to the board this term, as incumbents Stephanie McCall and Jim Breedlove were re-elected after running unopposed.