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Weatherman running for school board in Grayson

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By Larry Chambers, Staff

INDEPENDENCE — Fred Weatherman of Independence is running for election for the Elk Creek District seat on the Grayson County School Board in the Nov. 5 general election.
Weatherman, 66, is no stranger to the school board. He served two terms, 1996-2003, including three years as chairman.
“Our school system is a business,” Weatherman said. “Our product is our kids.”

If elected, Weatherman promises two things: “One, I will ask questions, and two, I’ve only got one vote, and I will make it count.”
Weatherman said he realizes that the Grayson County school system has a large budget, and it’s vital to spend the taxpayers money wisely.
He said if elected, he would make it a priority for all employees to be treated “fair and equal.”
“We’ve got outstanding teachers and school staff in Grayson County and great students who deserve the best education we can provide them,” he added.
Weatherman was born in Grayson County and has lived here all his life. He is retired from the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Independence Area Headquarters.
He has always been involved in community activities and sports programs. He is a member of the Dixie Baseball National Board and chairman of the Grayson County Sports Authority, which was instrumental in getting the Grayson National Bank Sports Complex (Field of Dreams) and the completion of an inside batting practice facility for the baseball team. He is also a member of Grayson Farm Bureau.
Weatherman and his wife Phyllis have been married for 44 years and they have two sons, Keith, the former recreation director for Grayson County, and Kevin. He also has four grandchildren.
Weatherman said he hopes to see a lot of citizens get involved in this year’s election and vote on Nov. 5.
“It’s my belief that, if the school board and the board of supervisors work together, we can accomplish a lot of things in the future,” he said.
Weatherman will face challenger Misty A. Cox Cassell of Independence in the election.