Why Glenn Bratton for School Board?
My decision to run for the Gaston County school board did not come lightly. I have always wanted to be a positive influence in the lives of children. Having children, grandchildren and now a great-granddaughter in the Gaston County school system personally involved me in the educational process. Of course, whereas, being a D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer, school resource officer and the only Security Compliance manager in the Gaston County school system more than qualifies me for the school board position for which I am running.
Before I was married and became a father, grandfather, and great grandfather, I attended C.F. Gingles Elementary, Carr Elementary, WC Friday Middle and North Gaston High schools from which I graduated in 1978; all of which are schools in Dallas, NC, Gaston County. I played basketball in middle and high school and received a full basketball scholarship to Barber Scotia College where I attended two years. Feeling the desire to be more challenged, I applied for and was accepted at Winston-Salem State University, graduating with bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 1983.
After college, I joined the Gaston County Police Department. As a police officer I was assigned as a D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer in 1993 teaching the program in Gaston County elementary schools. In 1995 I was assigned to Ashbrook High school as a School Resource office and was at Ashbrook until I was promoted to sergeant. My off-duty hours during my assignment at Ashbrook included being an assistant coach for the track and field team; and I also served as the S.A.V.E. (Students Against Violence Everywhere) advisor. After being promoted to sergeant, I worked and attained a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In 2000 and also in 2012, I was honored to be elected to serve four-year terms as the State President of North State Law Enforcement Officers Association. This North Carolina law enforcement organization is a professional law enforcement association that includes officers of all ranks throughout the state of North Carolina. The association strives for professionalism, upward mobility through training and adherence to the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.
After retiring from law enforcement, I accepted a position with the Gaston County school system as a Security Compliance Manager. It was a newly formed and deemed necessary position within the school system that was created to guide, administer, and manage all aspects of the school security program. I served in this position for over five years, implementing new safety protocols, and improving upon old ones. I received stellar documented evaluations from my immediate supervisors, Mark Hollar, Associate Superintendent (Retired) and Dr. Morgan Houchard, Executive Director of Auxiliary Services.
Additionally, I currently serve as a member of the Dallas Planning and Zoning Board (Co-Chairman) and have done so for over five years. The knowledge and information that is presented to this board enables me to know the growth patterns for the Dallas Township. This is vital to the future recommendations in relationship to future schools in the Dallas Township.
Being in the school system as a law enforcement officer and being a parent involved in the Gaston County school system made me realize that students need someone who genuinely cares about their education and safety. The teachers who are charged with the care and education of these students are extremely important; as are the administrators, school counselors, and all personnel who influence their lives daily. I have daughters who graduated from Ashbrook High school, granddaughters and grandsons who graduated from Forestview High school; a granddaughter who is currently a senior at Forestview and a great-granddaughter who will enter the pre-K program at Childcare Network on Union Road in Gastonia. As I am highly active in my family’s lives and I am a proponent of making available the best education a child should get, I am the perfect choice for the Dallas seat on the Gaston County school board.