This article first appeared here at wavy.com
Timothy L. Mallory is a candidate for Isle of Wight County School Board – District 2. His name will appear on the ballot on November 7, 2023.
Mallory is running against J. Mark Wooster.
10 On Your Side reached out to all of the candidates running in this race, with a request for a bio and a list of questions to answer. If you do not see the candidate listed with a profile, we did not receive one.
Name: Timothy L. Mallory
Race: Isle of Wight County School Board – District 2
Biography: Mr. Mallory is unique in that he has over forty years of combined experience in school security, law enforcement, and legal services. He currently serves as the Director of Public Safety and Security Services for Norfolk Public Schools; it has been a rewarding experience to learn and implement needed strategies and resources to keep students safe while they actively learn in the academic setting. Previously, Mr. Mallory has served as the Director of Public Safety for Tidewater Community College, Chief of Safety and Security for Richmond Public Schools, Richmond, VA, Security Manager for Chesterfield County Schools in Virginia, and Senior Coordinator for Security Services for Norfolk Public Schools, Norfolk, VA. Mr. Mallory was, formerly, a police officer with the City of Norfolk for 13 years and served the city of Suffolk, Virginia as an Auxiliary Police Officer. In addition, he served his country for 7 years in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Mallory currently serves as the President-Elect of the National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officials (NASSLEO). Furthermore, he has served as the Southeast Regional Director for NASSLEO. He has also coordinated special projects and workshops with the Department of Education and the Virginia Center for School Safety. He has served as the Project Director for the Secure Our Schools Grant and the Readiness and Emergency Management Grant (REMS) and Virginia School Security Equipment Grants. He is a certified instructor for School Threat Assessments and Virginia School Security Officer (SSO) training. He has lectured at various conferences and has been asked to participate in local media platforms related to youth culture, community policing, school safety, and relationship building for students, teachers, parents, and external stakeholders.
Why are you running for this office?
I am running for the position of School Board in District 2, Isle of Wight County Public Schools. I would like to work together with the community to create safer schools and prioritize the need for mental health programs and resources for students and staff. Teachers want to feel valued and supported; therefore, I will address teacher shortages, competitive pay, recruitment efforts, and teacher retention. It is critical to provide support to all school personnel to effectively provide quality education to “ALL STUDENTS.” I bring over 20 years of experience in public education. I will positively fight for students, parents, and teachers to fulfill the promise of public education. I am a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a retired Law Enforcement Officer. I hold an associate degree in criminology from the University of Maine, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Saint Leo University and a master’s degree in educational management from Regent University.
What is the most important issue facing the school system and what is your position on it?
The most pressing issue currently confronting Isle of Wight County Public Schools is sound financial management and fiscal responsibility. It is imperative for School Board members to work collaboratively as a team to ensure fiscal responsibility. It is a necessity for active collaboration with the Board of Supervisors, division administrators, and financial experts within the division. This would strengthen the division’s financial aptitude. The school division must recruit and retain the most qualified personnel within our financial and budget departments. By doing so, the school division can allocate resources more effectively to address critical priorities, such as enhancing school safety and security initiatives, advocating for competitive compensation for our valued educators and staff, providing mental health programs and resources for both students and staff, and alleviating shortages in teacher and staff positions.
How do you feel about the politicization of public education?
In recent times, we have witnessed the unfortunate politicization of school boards across the nation, causing division within our communities. It is crucial that we come together, irrespective of race or place. I am committed to fostering an inclusive approach to educating all students while respecting diverse perspectives and backgrounds without subjecting our educational system to political influences. I will make decisions that are in the best interest of “All Students.”
How will you still value constituents with whom you disagree?
My approach to constituents with differing viewpoints is rooted in active listening and a genuine willingness to understand their perspectives and concerns. I would work to identify common goals to foster positive relationships. Democracy is about varied opinions, and it is imperative that we collaborate while recognizing the diversity of thoughts and ideas within our community. In all interactions, I am committed to upholding civility and fostering respectful dialogues.