Randal “Coach” Bradley Announces Candidacy for Reelection

Randy and Carol BradleyRandall “Coach” Bradley announces his candidacy for reelection to the 1st district school board position which includes Swannsylvania, Piedmont, Chestnut Hill and Dandridge.

After an honorable discharge from the army where he served as a military policeman, he enrolled at Carson-Newman College on a basketball scholarship graduating with a B. S. degree. Later he received a M. A. degree from Tusculum College.

He taught 38 years in public education, two at Cosby High School, two at Maury High School and the remaining 34 at JCHS. He taught biology and coached basketball at all three schools. Coach Bradley has served two terms on the county commission as well as two terms on the school board.

Coach Bradley’s wife Carol also served as a Jefferson County educator for 39 years, the last 35 at Maury Middle School. He has two children. Casey with wife Jennifer and two children Isabel and Georgia lives in Grand Blanc, Mi. Mary Ellen lives in Knoxville.

After retiring, Coach Bradley substituted for one year and in 2010 was elected to the Jefferson County Board of Education. In 2010 he also began volunteering with the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. During the summer and fall he volunteers as a member of the Cades Cove Bicycle Patrol. During the winter and spring he works the information desk at Sugarlands Visitor Center.

“The school board along with the Finance Director and central office has been able to present a balanced budget to the county commission the last four budget cycles without asking for a tax increase. Teachers and support personnel have always been a top priority for me. The school system’s technology department is first rate. Technology is a part of our everyday life and should be an important component in a modern-day classroom. The Department of Transportation operates efficiently moving thousands of students to and from school safely each day. Another priority of mine is maintenance of facilities and security of the buildings.”

“I have served Jefferson County education for 45 years as a classroom teacher, a substitute teacher and school board member. During my teaching career I worked for nine different superintendents/directors of schools. During the recent hiring of a new Director of Schools, I supported an experienced former Jefferson countian for this position.”

“I will continue as I have in the past to work for excellence in all areas of our school system, to listen to the concerns of my constituents, and to work with the new Director of Schools to. accomplish these goals. I would appreciate your continued support and vote in the upcoming August 2 General Election. Thank you.”