Dennis Edward Richardson

Tri-Central School Board - Liberty Township

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Years as Tipton County Resident?

31 Years

Education Background

  • High School graduate of Kokomo High School
  • Union Representative for UAW 685
  • Quality Control - Chrysler Corporation
  • Licensed Foster Parent since 2000

Community Involvement

  • School Bus Driver for 10 yrs for Tri- Central
  • I have coached or assisted coached for over 20yrs for various sports and age groups including at the high school level.
  • Although most of my coaching has been at Tri-Central, I have also coached in the surrounding communities and for local organizations.
  • I have assisted with community fundraisers, school committees and school activities.
  • I have support Tri- Central schools and local youth for 30 yrs.

Leadership Experience

  • I served as a Union Representative for local 685.
  • I was a Team Leader for Chrysler Corporation.
  • I have been the head or assistant coach for multiple sports at Tri-Central and local organizations in the surrounding communities.
  • I am currently a Licensed Foster Parent.
  • I was the Vice President for TCYBL .

1. ​ What is your number one reason for wanting to serve on the school board?

I have always believed that our children are the future of Tri-Central schools and our community. I believe that education is very important to our children and our future. I have and will continue to be deeply committed to Tri-Central as I have a vested interest in Tri-Central schools as my wife and I currently have two children attending Tri-Central Elementary.

2. What role does policy play/have in the function of the board? 

I feel that the role of the school board is to set guidelines, adopt policies, hire qualified administrators and represent Tri-Central schools the best to their ability. The school board's job is to help the school function smoothly, safely, adhere to policy and to manage the budget.

​3. What do you think is the biggest issue facing your district? 

Tri-Central is facing many challenges such as, teacher shortages, declining enrollment and Covid- 19. Of these issues, Covid- 19 has presented one of the biggest challenges this year. Due to safety concerns for our children, staff and our community. Tri-Central has a commitment to open school safely and responsibly.

4. If you were elected what one thing would you like to accomplish during your term?

If I were to be elected, I would work along side the administration and school board officials to continue to advance our learning for our students and staff. I would be a voice for our students and our community.

5. What legislative action at the state level would you support to improve education in our community. 

I would support legislative action that would give the schools more control/ choice in the learning avenues for their students. I believe the current testing models are causing poor performance and are hindering our children's test scores.