HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Tuesday, January 28, 2014) — Matt Massey, an educator at Buckhorn High School in New Market, Alabama, announced today that he will be a candidate in the June 3 Republican Party primary for Madison County Superintendent of Schools.
“I’m running for superintendent because our system lacks a comprehensive vision,” said Massey. “As a fourteen year employee of the system, I’ve worked first-hand with teachers, students, parents, and administrators in all of our schools.”
Massey added that Madison County Schools are at an important crossroads. “We need leadership that reaches out to stakeholders and forms new partnerships in our business community. This will provide our schools, teachers, and students the resources necessary to reach their full potential in the workforce and in their academic endeavors.”
“Our system is facing some very real challenges,” added Massey. “Those challenges are the direct result of poor management and a lack of planning from our superintendent’s office.”
Massey, firmly rooted in conservative and economic principals, said that he would bring a renewed focus on fiscal responsibility involving parents, students, teachers, and employees to build a more open and transparent system for making decisions on matters that impact them directly.
“Our schools will flourish with someone courageous enough to lead with energy and passion,” said Massey. “We have the best administrators, teachers, students, and stakeholders and they deserve a leader with a clear plan that will put Madison County Schools back at the top of the state.”
Massey, 37, was born in Huntsville, Ala., and received his Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Troy University, his Master of Science in Mathematics from Ole Miss, and his Master of Science in Instructional Leadership from Samford University. In 2012, Massey was named Madison County’s “Teacher of the Year.”
He and his wife, Jenny, an English teacher at Buckhorn High School, have three children. Their daughter Jessie is a Buckhorn High School graduate, and sons Cooper and Tucker are both enrolled at New Market School. The family attends Pleas Mount Baptist Church in Gurley.
“Both of my parents were teachers and coaches for more than 25 years, and they inspired me to make the biggest impact possible on my community. Education is our family business,” Massey added.
“We are committed to Madison County Schools; our children are growing up in this community,” Massey concluded. “It’s time that we take ownership in building a first class education system for our children that produces work-ready and college-ready graduates.”