Lambermont has local roots, looks to future
BAINBRIDGE -- Travis Lambermont has a history in the North Putnam Community School Corporation.
He was born and raised in Clinton Township and his father, Donald Lambermont, was on the school board for several years.
Travis will soon follow in his father's footsteps, as he will fill the Clinton Township seat on the board effective next year.
Travis ran to make a positive change in the district, although he said he doesn't have a set "mission" in mind.
"The way I feel about it, anyone can complain something. I want to be able to step forward and try to make a change," he said.
A former football player and wrestler at North Putnam High School, he graduated in 1993, then received a two-year degree from Lakeland College in agriculture production. He currently works in Russellville at Co-Alliance.
However, Travis's connections to the district aren't strictly in the past; he has two kids attending North Putnam schools and is looking out for their future as well as their peers.
Dillon, 17, attends North Putnam High School, and Macey, 7, attends Bainbridge Elementary. Daughter Mallory, 4, will soon be attending school in the district as well.
"I just hope being one of the younger members I can add a different point of view," Travis said.
However, Travis said changes can't be made without a majority support from the board.
"I'm one person out of seven. Without a lot of support, you're not going to make a lot of changes," he said.
During his time on the board, Travis said he wants to focus on elementary education, especially after seeing all the elementary school teachers on the reduction in force (RIF) list in recent years across the state and in the district due to budget cuts.
"I feel that elementary education is a little bit more important because that's where kids do all their learning. In high school, teachers fine-tune what they (students) already know," he said. "Every school district in the state is strapped for money. You've got to do with what you're offered."
On the issue of attendance centers for both Bainbridge and Roachdale elementary schools, Lambermont said while he's glad the board looked into the issue, he's glad it's been put on the back burner for now.
"I don't like seeing kids on the bus that long. And kids do perform, I feel, when you've got a sibling in the school," he said. "Having your students spread out over the northern part of the county at attendance centers, I didn't feel like that was a direction we needed to head."
As for his upcoming term on the whole, Lambermont is preparing with a sense of optimism.
"I'm approaching the whole thing with an open mind," he said.