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Victor Vaughn Highland School Board candidate

Monday, August 1, 2011

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I, Victor Vaughn, announce my candidacy for Position 4 on the Highland School District Board. I was born in Saddle, Arkansas and grew up on a farm on the Southfork River. I started my education at the Saddle School in the first grade in a one room school and then through the 11th grade at the Ash Flat School. I have always considered myself fortunate to be in the first graduating class of the consolidated Highland High School in 1965 with some of the greatest classmates anyone could have had.

I then attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark., and graduated in 1969 with a bachelor of science degree in accounting. While attending ASU, I was active in the Student Government Association for three years. I married Sandra Roach of Jonesboro and we have two wonderful children, Stacy and Mark. Stacy is a registered nurse in Fayetteville, and Mark is a family practice doctor in Denver, Colo. This month has also been special as Stacy and Ricky, her husband, have finalized foster child adoption procedures and brought little Aurora Boone into the family as my first grandchild.

After graduation from college, I started my career in financial management in the private sector with positions of increasing responsibility with Fortune 500 Corporations such as Borg-Warner, US Industries, Hanson Trust and Allergan, Inc. I advanced to vice president of finance with responsibilities for tax, budgeting, personnel, acquisitions and financial reporting. I also had hands-on financial responsibility for several divisions throughout the United States and seven foreign subsidiaries in Western Europe. I lived in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Louisiana and California during my corporate career.

After retiring from my first career in 2000, I returned home to Sharp and Fulton County and became active in the restoration of two old family homes and purchased a cattle farm. I worked as an associate board member for the NRCS in Salem, and assisted in the search for president of Ozarka College. I also was appointed to and served on the Board of the Arkansas Independent Living Council under two governors.

I plan to use my 30 years of background in financial management to make the tough decisions necessary to balance academics, arts and sports for Highland. I want to bring attention to and improve the serious dropout rates of our students between entering high school and receiving a diploma. We must keep our students in school. I want to help increase the transparency of the Highland School District to the patrons of our district.

The bottom line is, I want to help assure that our graduates can compete with any other graduate anywhere, anytime and for any job.

If you agree with what I would like to achieve, help with your support and vote for me, Victor Vaughn, on September 20. Thank you.