Dan Robbins announces plans to seek re-election
Dan Robbins of Manila is announcing plans to seek re-election to the Manila School Board. Robbins is finishing his second five-year term on the school board.
It has been a busy 10 years with the construction of a new elementary building completed and a new high school building underway. There have also been many improvements across the campus.
“We are not where we want to be in technology, but we are moving forward and pushing to have a computer in the hand of every student,” Robbins said. “We are getting closer to our goal.”
Robbins recently retired from Southern Bancorp in Manila with a 35 year career in banking. He is a 1964 Manila High School graduate. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Arkansas State University and a Masters Degree from Delta State University. He and his family returned to Manila in 1982.
He and his wife, Pat, have two grown children, Beth Jolliff and Matthew Robbins. They have three grandchildren.
In addition to the Manila School Board, Robbins is a long-time member of the Manila Lions Club and serves on the board of Manila Industries and Moving Manila Forward.
“Being retired will allow me more time to devote to making the school better,” Robbins said. “I have a desire to start a mentoring program at the school. I would like to recruit men in town who can give a couple hours a week to meet with young men who have no one to turn to. I think this could make young men become better men in their future. I think it would be a good program for our school.”
Robbins said this is the first year the school board election will be held in May. All of the board positions are five year terms.
“Our school is our community's most valuable asset,” Robbins said. “We have a good school but we cannot get complacent. We should always strive to get better. I appreciate the support I have had in the past and I want to continue working for the community. I have always tried to represent all citizens regardless of their station in life. Every person deserves a voice in their school.”