Candidates team up in race for Carroll Consolidated School Board seats, including former principal

Patrick Hickner, Ryan Allbaugh and David Bordner's school board seats are up for election. Amanda Redmon, Chris Dyer and Billy Lytle are running for those seats.

Posted: Sep 28, 2020 10:44 PM
Updated: Sep 28, 2020 11:17 PM

FLORA, Ind. (WLFI) - Three people have teamed up to run for the three Carroll Consolidated School Board seats up for election, including a former principal released from her contract in February.

Patrick Hickner, Ryan Allbaugh and David Bordner all joined the board in 2017 and all three seats are up for election in November.

It's been almost eight months since the Carroll Consolidated School Board voted not to renew Amanda Redmon's contract as principal at Carroll Elementary School. It was a decision that stunned and shocked many in the community. Since then the yard signs have switched from "I support Amanda Redmon" to "Elect Amanda Redmon" after her decision to run for the school board. 

"I'm really excited to be at Clinton Central," said Redmon. "I've been welcomed, I'm working with a great team of people and it's been good."

Since the February 11th vote, Redmon has moved on to become Assistant Principal and Clinton Central High School. Despite the now longer commute time, she is still very connected to Carroll Consolidated Schools.

"I'm still living here in Flora and my kids still attend Carroll Schools," she said.

Redmon is running for Patrick Hickner's seat on the school board. She said she hopes to bring a perspective that is lacking in the current school board members.

"I bring all my educational background and I really feel that's what this board needs," she said. "We need someone who is an educator."

Redmon isn't in this race alone. She has teamed up with two other candidates who are running for the other seats up for election.

"I have a very rich and deep history with this school system," said Billy Lytle

Billy Lytle is running for David Bordner's seat, who is not seeking re-election. Lytle went to Carroll Consolidated Schools as a student. He is now works in distribution for Fastenal. He is also a coach for the schools.

"I've got three children in the school system now, my wife works in the school system, my grandmother taught in the school system for almost 40 years," he said.

Chris Dyer is running for Ryan Allbaugh's seat. Dyer also went to Carroll Consolidated Schools as a student, but he moved away after graduation. He said the small town feel and friendly community brought him and his wife back to raise their family in Carroll County. He now works as a civil engineer with an Indianapolis consulting firm.

He said they will each bring their strengths to the table.

"With Amanda's education background, Billy's business background and I tend to dig into the statutes, rules and the policies," he said. "I'm interested to see how those three aspects of the job can come together."

Redmon, Lytle and Dyer went to the Burlington Fall Festival where they met with voters and listened to their concerns. A priority for all three is transparency and support for teachers. According to their joint campaign Facebook page, their mission if elected is: 

"1. Re-establish the role and reputation of the Carroll School Board
2. Trim unnecessary spending to have more funds available to allocate directly to students to increase the value of their education.
3. Create a supportive work environment where staff and faculty feel valued and are encouraged to grow in their careers.
4. Provide a safe environment and a solid foundation for every student to succeed."

"There's not a lot of transparency, there's not a lot of communication with the public, the public doesn't feel like they are being heard right now," said Dyer

"Probably my biggest concern is that we are taking care of our staff and that we are making them feel valued," said Redmon. She said the amount of strain put on teachers right now during the pandemic, trying to juggle students participating in different learning styles, is a heavy burden for educators to bear on already limited means.

"Any organization, large or small is about the people," said Lytle. "It's about how do you keep good people in your system and if we can do that, you build a culture and a culture means excellence within your students and your staff."

Redmon said her lawsuit against the school board over the non-renewal of her contract is still pending.

Jana Conn is also running for Allbaugh's seat. News 18 has been in contact with Conn and will be interviewing her on Sunday about her goals if elected.

We also reached out to Hickner and Allbaugh to talk about their campaigns and have not heard back yet. We will continue to work to bring you their side of the election.

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