Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Senator Brewbaker Visits Crenshaw County

On Monday, November 4, 2013, Senator Dick Brewbaker visited Luverne School.  Per new senate district lines and approval of the Department of Justice, Senator Brewbaker would run next year for the Senate seat that is representative of all of Crenshaw County, east Montgomery, and a small portion of Elmore County.

While on campus, Senator Brewbaker met student officers of various clubs and organizations.  He observed:
  • College and Career Ready Standards in Mrs. Starla Jones' Algebraic Connections class
  • the 1:1 iLearn Initiative and the use of technology in Coach Andre Parks' Honors History class
  • College and Career Ready Standards in Mrs. Julie Albritton's 8th grade math class
  • College and Career Ready Standards in Ms. Jeneena James' 8th grade English class
Senator Brewbaker also visited with Mr. Scott Donaldson, Jobs for Alabama Graduates' instructor, Mrs. Polly DuBose, Career Coach, and toured elementary facilities.  Administrators and supervisors then met and discussed the following:  
  • College and Career Ready Standards 
  • Flexible School Calendars
  • Funding for the next fiscal year (other current expense, transportation, fleet renewal, decrease in middle school divisors, pay increase for all employees, and bond issues that support electronic devices and the infrastructure.
Senator Brewbaker next visited the Harrison Cultural Center and visited with the following:
Mrs.Robyn Snellgrove, President of the Crenshaw County Industrial Development Board, members of the Industrial Development Board and Chamber of Commerce.
  • County Commissioners, Elected Officials and Courthouse Personnel
  • City Officials (Mayors and Council Persons)  
Senator Brewbaker attended and addressed a joint Kiwanian/Rotarian Meeting. Before leaving Crenshaw County, Senator Brewbaker visited SMART Alabama, LLC, Hyundai's largest Tier 1 supplier.

CCBOE was happy to arrange and facilitate the aforementioned meetings.  We are proud that Senator Brewbaker took time out of his schedule to visit with us.

Senator Brewbaker is President and CEO of Brewbaker Motors, a 3rd generation family business which was founded in 1941 by W.S. Brewbaker, Sr. He has been married to the former Ruth Wible for 23 years, and they have 5 children: David, Tom, Mac, Ben and Alex. Dick is a Graduate of Montgomery Academy, and Vanderbilt University.

Senator Brewbaker was a high school history teacher at Trinity Presbyterian School and The Montgomery Academy, and a volunteer wrestling coach at Georgia Washington Junior High School prior to taking over operational control of Brewbaker Motors.

Senator Brewbaker got involved in politics as an education reformer, working as state director of SCORE 100, which advocated for education reform, and local control of schools. Through his efforts, Governor Fob James adopted many of the changes suggested by SCORE 100 as part of the education platform for his successful election as Alabama’s second Republican Governor since Reconstruction in 1994. Governor James then appointed Dick as his education liaison to the Alabama State Legislature, and also to the State Board of Education.

Senator Brewbaker was elected as a Republican to represent House District 75 in the Alabama State Legislature from 2002-2006. While in the House, he served on the County and Municipal Government, Judiciary, and Montgomery County Legislation Committees. After taking one term off to spend time with his family, he was elected to represent District 25 in the Alabama State Senate.  Dick currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Education Committee and as a member of the Finance and Taxation General Fund, Governmental Affairs, Judiciary, and Tourism and Marketing Committees.  

His wife, Ruth, is passionately active in causes related to persons with disabilities. She was appointed by Governor Bob Riley to the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities. She is also active in the Joni and Friends Ministry, which provides wheelchairs to disabled and disadvantaged people in developing countries, and various charities relating to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

Senator Brewbaker and his family are members of Young Meadows Presbyterian Church where he previously served as a Ruling Elder.

Superintendent Randy Wilkes, Senator Dick Brewbaker, Career Technical Director Chuck Alford, Principal Greg Pittman, and LHS Officers of various extracurricular clubs welcome Senator Brewbaker to LHS
Special Education Coordinator Mrs. Sherry Sport, Principal Greg Pittman, Senator Dick Brewbaker, Superintendent Randy Wilkes, Technology Coordinator Bob Williams and Career Tech Coordinator Chuck Alford discuss upcoming legislation.
Senator Brewbaker and Superintendent Wilkes discuss English Language Arts College and Career Ready Standards 

Superintendent Wilkes and Senator Brewbaker discuss Math College and Career Ready Standards in Mrs. Julie Albritton's 8th grade math class.  Students are working on solving systems of equations.
Student Marlie Alford explains to Senator Brewbaker the use of the mini iPads in completing assignments via Edmodo.

Coach Andre Parks explains to Senator Brewbaker how technology
has enhanced the history lesson.
Group stops by nurse's office.  A discussion regarding the lack of funding for nurses ensued.  
Mrs. Starla Jones teaches College and Career Ready math standards to her Algebraic Connections Class.  Technology Coordinator Bob Williams and Senator Brewbaker observe.

JAG Instructor Scott Donaldson explains the significance of the Jobs for Alabama Graduates program.
Honor student Taylor Stewart demonstrates how iPads are being used to engage students in U.S. History lessons.