Long time Board of Education Member & President Mike Oakley is seeking re-election to the Bibb County Board of Education. Oakley has served on the Board of Ed for almost twenty years and is presently unopposed for his seat. He offered the following statement regarding the upcoming election:

“I am humbly asking for your support for the Bibb County Board of Education. I first came to you in 1998 and you responded in such a positive way that the election went my way and I have proudly served you since. Since that time our system has made quantum leaps and progress. We’ve made tough decisions and have worked with our cities and county officers to put in place plans that will prosper all of us in the coming years. Education is not only paramount to our children but a strong economic development tool as well.

The recent announcement of MollerTech was no accident. Low utility rates, quality of life and a solid education system are key to efforts to advance a county in economic development. Graduation rates have risen, dropout rates have fallen and more students attend college and career tech than ever before.

I am also proud that I have gotten back with every single person who asked me about an education matter. Sometimes it wasn’t the answer you wanted but the important thing is that I pride myself in always being receptive and responsive to concerned Bibb County citizens.

I am a proud military veteran of Desert Shield/Desert Storm as well as Operation Enduring Freedom, having been deployed/mobilized three times with the last time in 2013 as the operations and command Sergeant Major of the 135th Expeditionary Sustainment Command. I serve as the first State District Director from Bibb County on the Alabama Association of School Boards. I am a long time member of the Bibb County Chamber of Commerce and a past President. I have served two terms as President of the Bibb County Schools Foundation. I love my home county and sincerely want to continue to work hard to make it better. Once again, thank you for your continued support. Mike Oakley.”