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Local contractor Tony Walker was sworn in Monday as the newest member of the Trimble County Board of Education. He succeeds Joey Martin, whose term ended at the end of 2012. Martin chose not to run for re-election and no other candidate appeared on the ballot in November for the vacancy.
School administrators advertised for candidates who were interviewed by the Kentucky School Board Association. Following the interview process, Walker was selected to fill the vacancy.
Walker, his wife Kim and their two sons Zachary and Conner, live on Martini Lane in Bedford. The Walkers moved there in 1996 and operate two businesses, TW Concrete and a waterproofing company. He recently spearheaded construction of the new animal shelter for Trimble and Henry counties.
“We work not only in Trimble County but in several counties surrounding,” Walker said.
Walker, 42, is a 1989 graduate of Shelby County High School. A veteran of the Gulf War he served in the U.S. Navy from 1989 to 1992 aboard the U.S.S. Gato, a nuclear-powered submarine stationed in Groton, Conn.
Until recently Walker had served on the Bedford Elementary School Site-Based Decision Making Committee. Conner Walker is a second grader at BES. Zachary Walker attends the sixth grade at Trimble County Middle School.
“I just think education is really important,” Walker said. “The things that kids are doing now—that my son was doing in the fifth and sixth grades—I did as a freshman in high school. This country is today’s kids. The harder you can push a kid when they’re young the easier it is for them to learn.”
Walker said he has two goals as he begins his term on the school board. One is to help the students improve their scores, and the second is parent involvement.
“I’m going to try everything that I know to try to get the parents involved,” he said. “If you get parents involved and get their support then they’ll push the kids and that’s the key.”