Tony Crowell to run for Manila School Board

Friday, May 21, 2004
Tony Crowell

Tony Crowell of Manila announced his plans to run for Manila School Board, Position 4, in the September School Board election.

Crowell is a lifelong resident of Manila, the son of Bill and Norita Crowell. He is a 1994 graduate of Manila High School and a 1998 graduate of Arkansas State University where he earned a BSE degree with emphasis in agriculture.

Crowell is a Trooper with the Arkansas State Police Department where he has served for seven years. He is also owner of Lifetime Medical Supply Inc., in Manila. He relocated his three year old business in Manila one year ago.

Crowell said he planned on teaching during his college years but followed in his dad's footsteps and became a State Trooper instead. His dad retired from the State Police and is now serving as a Captain with the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department.

Crowell and his wife, Tamra, live in Manila. She is going to nursing school. They have two sons, Harrison, who is seven years old, and Sawyer, who is two years old.

"Serving on the school board has been something that I started thinking about two years ago. At this stage in my family's life, we feel the timing is right. I have discussed it with my family, and they are very supportive," Crowell said. "My mother has retired and she helps with the boys while my wife attends school.

"We have one son in school and another that will soon be in school. It is time for me to be involved in decisions that are made for our school and our community," he said. "I want to give back to the community that I grew up in."

Crowell is serving as athletic director for the elementary booster club, volunteered as coach and referee in the elementary basketball program, and has served as substitute teacher at Manila from time to time.

Crowell emphasized that his position as a law enforcement officer would in no way overlap his serving on the school board. He has received permission from the State Police Department to seek the school board position.

Crowell feels his experience in business management will be an asset to serving on the board. He also has spent several hours in the classroom while doing his practice teaching at college and his substitute teaching.

"I think we have a good school," Crowell said. "It is important to work together for the good of the school and our young people's future," Crowell said. "To be an effective board member, you must consider the community, the staff, and the students and make sure that everyone realizes that the decisions made are based on what's best for the children of our community."

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