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Powell announces bid for BOE seat

Lynda Powell has announced her candidacy for re-election to the Covington County School Board, Place 3.

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Powell and her husband, Carlos, are life-long residents of the Red Oak/Enon community.

They are the parents of four children – Carla, Carissa, Al and Cory – and grandparents to five, Blakely, Madison, Morgan, Allie and McCoy.

She, her husband, and children are all graduates of the Covington County School system – Florala High School and Pleasant Home High School – with grandchildren, nieces and nephews currently enrolled in the system.

Powell graduated from Troy University with a bachelor’s degree and the University of South Alabama with a master’s in secondary education.

She taught English and social science in Florala area schools and at Pleasant Home for 25 years, retiring in 1997, and was elected to the BOE in 1998.

In addition to her board service, Powell and her family are in the row-cropping, cattle and timber business.

Powell is a member of Red Oak Baptist Church, the local chapter of the Daughter of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Florala History Club, Covington County Education Retirees Association, Covington County Cattlewomen and Alabama Association of School Boards.

She is past president of the Covington County Chapter of American Red Cross, AARP, and Alpha Delta Kappa teacher’s sorority; past member of Andalusia Pilot Club, Covington County Historical Society, and AEA.

Past honors include: Covington County Secondary Teacher of the Year, Covington County Outstanding 4-H Volunteer Leader and All-State School Board.

Powell has 332.5 hours of school board training, having reached master’s level 4.

Powell said she is a committed advocate for the students and teachers of Covington County and feels very blessed to serve them.

During her tenure on the board, numerous building projects have taken place at all schools as well as technology, safety updates, athletic facilities and field improvements.

She worked with others to attain more revenue for the system by advocating for the passage of the 10-mil tax and the addition of the Section 16 land monies.

Powell said her only agenda for board service is to be a voice for the community, students and teachers.

Powell, a Republican, will be on the March 1, 2016, ballot.