Served for over two decades as a District 1 member
District 1 Grundy County School Board member Paul Gallagher is retiring from the board. Gallagher was first elected to the position in 1994, and started his twenty-four-year tenure on September 1, of that year.
As our readers can imagine, he has seen many changes take place in the Grundy County school system over the years. The construction of the new high school in Coalmont was one of the major hurdles that the board had to work through.
In speaking with Gallagher, he had this to say about his tenure, “I thank God for giving me wisdom and good health for these last twenty-four years. I am thankful to my family for giving me support when I have had to make tough decisions.
“I also want to say thank you to the voters of the first district for having confidence in me to be their representative over the past twenty-four years. It has been an honor to serve with the men and women who have given time out of their lives to serve on the school board. It has been a great experience to work with a lot of dedicated directors, ad-ministrators, teachers, and support personnel. There are new challenges coming as you appoint a new director. The Grundy County High School and Coalmont project will soon be paid off. Will we build a middle school; will we have to close some elementary schools?”
Gallagher stated that he first decided to make a bid for election to the school board because he had three children in the school system, however, even after they had all graduated, he felt the responsibility to continue working for the students of Grundy County.
Gallagher said, “I’m encouraging the citizens of Grundy County to get involved, talk to your board members, and voice your opinion and your concerns. Their vote should reflect your concerns. They vote for the future of education of the students of Grundy County. Thank you Grundy County and God Bless each of you!”