Education has always been a top priority for me and will remain so. I am proud of what our area schools have been able to accomplish with the funds they have been given. I believe in giving them more control at the local level with fewer mandates from the State. There are going to be difficult times ahead but we must try to put as much of our budget as we realistically can into education. I believe in our public school system and have great respect for our teachers, school board members and school administrators.