(Lee) Matthew Higginbotham

Tipton School Board - Madison Township

Preferred Contact Information

Years as Tipton County Resident?

15 years

Education Background

B.S Animal Science from Purdue University

Community Involvement

  • 4-H Volunteer
  • Youth Baseball Coach
  • Youth Basketball Coach
  • Past AWANA Coordinator/Volunteer
  • Small Group Leader
  • Church Volunteer

Leadership Experience

I have the opportunity to manage over 50 employees for the city of Carmel.  In the past, I have led a men's small group, head athletic coach for youth teams in Tipton, as well as assisted in children's ministries. 

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

I want to be able to be a voice of change, encouragement, and growth for Tipton Community Schools.   I want to lead in creating an educational experience that takes in to count every student in our corporation and gives them the best chance for success.

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

The board's job is to adopt and adhere to policy upon the recommendation of the superintendent.  Policy should be a reflection of the goals of the board as they are the representatives of the constituents of the corporation.  

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

The biggest issue facing TCSC is declining enrollment which unfortunately effects funding for our corporation.  There will undoubtedly need to be some restructuring and changes to remain fiscally solvent, but by being unbiased, goal-oriented, and determined I feel I can help navigate those waters with grit and wisdom.  I believe I can help take on this task by not only being a voice, but also a listening ear for educators, parents, and community members.

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

One thing I would like to accomplish during my term if given the opportunity to serve as a member of the TCSC School Board would be to help strategize ways in which we can market and brand our school system to try to encourage school growth.  With growth, I would love to see more programing and opportunities for our youth to progress with academics and extra curricular activities.

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

At the state level, I would like to see a more straight forward funding policy for schools as well as the same accountability for private schools, thus putting everyone on an equal playing field.