Two men vying for Troup ISD school board position
Two men are vying for Place 7 on the Troup ISD school board.
Robbie Switzer, general manager at Keystone Automotive, will challenge Kevin Ivy, who does sales for Southern Tire Mart, in the May election.
Switzer, 42, said he still has one son in Troup ISD and considers Troup a good place to live and a place with good schools.
"I enjoyed time there as a student and parent. ..." he said. "I like the path the school is taking. ... And I just want to be part of that."
Switzer said he views the district as a stepping stone for students to make it to the next level in life, whether that's college, the work force or trade school.
"They need all the skills they can get to get to that point. It's a big part of your life," he said.
He said he wasn't the best student, which made it harder on him later, and he doesn't want others to go through a similar experience.
"I'm just a hometown guy that really cares about the community, and I feel the school is at the heart of the community," he said.
Ivy, 43, is running a second time for a school board position.
He said he felt that he needed to be involved and wanted to help out his daughter, who is a student at Troup High School. He said he also wanted to see if he could make a difference there and was encouraged to run by friends and family, who pointed out his character traits.
"I'm trying to be involved and help (the district) go forward," Ivy said.
In the future, he said he'd like to possibly see additional opportunities for students who are interested in shop.