Walter R. Boone, Sr., believes his love and concern for children, his dedication as an educator and his dedication to serving his country, make him a strong candidate for the Watson Chapel School Board.

“I have first-hand knowledge of the goings on in public schools as well as the vocational setting,” Boone said. Although not a board member, Boone has attended more than 10 years of local, state, and national school board training sessions.

Boone is a vocation instructor with emphasis on plumbing for the state of Arkansas. He is a Retired Major (Army Infantry), and holds a lifetime teaching license from the state of Arkansas. He has lived in the Watson Chapel School District for the past 50 years with his wife, Sandra.

He said attending Watson Chapel schools was a positive experience for his two now adult children, Kimberly (Computer Science) and Walter, Jr.( Retired Major – Army / licensed barber). ‘The education they received has served them well, which is a credit to the teachers and administrators in the district, but even a good school district can be better,” Boone said. In addition to his two children, he has three adult grandchildren, Les (a phlebotomist), Lesly (a phlebotomist), Walt III (a senior aviation student at Henderson State); two great-grand daughters, Jordyn (2nd grade) and Heavyn (3 months) and one god daughter Mikayla Powell (8th grade).

Boone cited his knowledge of fiscal responsibility as past President of N.O. Nelson Plumbing Company, Commander of Charley Company, 39th Infantry Brigade, IOBC Training at Ft. Benning, Georgia, Command General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, Ft. Polk, Louisiana, Ft. Lee, Virginia, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and his service as a former New Town Baptist Church Sunday School teacher and Trustee as additional qualifications for the school board seat.

One of the most serious problems facing educators and their students today, Boone said, is making sure they’re adequately prepared for the future and thereby educated to become productive citizens. Every student is not college bound, but should be properly educated in a vocational area which will be conducive to provide a quality lifestyle. Along those lines, something must be done to steer more students into the educational field.

He lists other concerns as funding, a safe environment and maintaining discipline in order to teach successfully as high on the list of priorities for Watson Chapel School District. Given the aforementioned, Boone hopes to become a part of the solution for this great district.

‘Disruptive problems should be handled within the realm of productive solutions rather than those which are solely punitive, ’he said.

I believe Watson Chapel has some of the best teacher, staff and administrators in this area. They are equipped to ‘”Make a Good School Better”.