Edinburg resident Martin Helsley has announced he is running for the District 2 seat on the Shenandoah County School Board.

The seat will be vacated by Richard Koontz Jr., who is not running for another term. Helsley was encouraged to run by his friends, he said.

Helsley said has decided to live by the phrase “that I may serve.”

“I have experience with the school system, having taught, as well as with local government by having been on the Board of Supervisors. My experience will help,” Helsley said.

He taught middle school math and science in the Shenandoah County Public Schools division for 32 years.

Helsley was named Teacher of the Year in 1998, and he officiated basketball for the Virginia High School League for 44 years.

Helsley served as a member of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors from 1979-1983.

Both of those experiences, he said, will help him make wise decisions while on the School Board.

“I have been in the trenches. I think we can manage school funds better then we are now. I think there is waste in the school system,” he said.

Helsley is a 1969 graduate of Central High School and a 1973 graduate of Virginia Tech, where he studied agriculture.

Today Helsley lives on and operates a century farm raising beets and other crops. He is a member of the Hamburg Ruritan Club and St. Luke Lutheran Church.

He is married with two children and two grandchildren.

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