Byers Announces Board Of Education Candidacy
Katrina Byers, Director of the Family Resource Network, is announcing her candidacy for the Tyler County Board of Education, West District.
A graduate of Paden City High School and West Liberty University, along with her husband, Rodney, Byers has made children’s education the focus of her adult life.
“I’ve always felt one of the strengths of Tyler County are those who volunteer. I volunteered in the school system from the time our son Chris was small until his graduation from Tyler Consolidated. My mother, Phyllis Dieterich, was an educator in this county for many years and I continue to work with families and children at the FRN.”
Byers believes Tyler County has one of the best educational systems in the state and to that end, she serves on multiple advisory boards to lend her assistance whenever possible.
“I serve on the Local School Improvement Council for Tyler Consolidated High School; I work with student groups such as Students Against Destructive Decisions and Super Teens Achieving Regional Success, and am on the boards of the Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center and the Sistersville General Hospital Foundation.”
At the FRN, Byers focuses on programs needed in the local community. The FRN is the lead organization for the Back to School Fair, which will be in its third year this August.
“We’ve held programs on substance abuse prevention at the middle and elementary school levels,” Byers said. “And we’ve helped with childcare and nutrition during the recent work stoppage in a collaborative effort with some of the local churches.”
Byers believes public education works best when good communication exists among administrators, educators, parents, volunteers, and students.
“You’ve got to look at the big picture about what’s best for Tyler County Schools. The quality of the educational experience is diminished when others push their agendas and preconceived notions onto the school system.”
“Many of my friends are educators so I’m aware of the struggles they face in the classroom and out and how they work to reach each of their students,” Byers continued. “My role, if elected, to the Board of Education, is to be a conduit between educators, the administrators, and the students while working for the betterment of all.”
As a 30-year resident of Tyler County, Byers was born and raised in Paden City, resides in Sistersville at present, and works in Middlebourne.
She believes this gives her a better familiarity with the Tyler County communities and would be helpful, if elected.