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Whitehall school board race

Bivens, Hammock: Success achieved when parents, teachers work together

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Editor's note: Last week's profiles were on board candidates Walter Armes, Leo Knoblauch, Lorna Russell and Blythe Wood.

In addition to four other candidates running for seats on the Whitehall Board of Education, two other candidates are seeking election.

Joy Bivens, who has served on the board since March, is the director and co-owner of Ambassador Home Health Services. She was approved by the board in March to fill the unexpired seat of former board member Ronda Howard. That appointment ends in December. She is seeking to fill the remaining two years of Howard's unexpired term.

"I am running because I strongly believe in the Whitehall school district," Bivens told ThisWeek. "I am running again because I want to continue serving and lending my professional skills to our district, continue moving our district forward and assure the students have an advocate for their success.

"I am running again because I (have) children in the district, and I am a neighbor and friend to many parents and others interested in Whitehall City Schools' success, and I am a voice that represents their interests."

Bivens said she thinks the district is on the right course despite its many challenges.

"I believe that the plan from our superintendent, the passionate representation of our school board and the diligence of our teachers will make Whitehall schools one of the best in the region," she said.

She said she would like to see more parent involvement.

"Further, I would encourage all parents to enroll their children in our schools because we are the best option. ... Together we can create an experience for everyone that develops students' ability to compete in our global economy."

Bivens is a graduate of Capital University and Hamilton High School in Hamilton, Ohio. She and her family have lived in Whitehall for more than 10 years. She has been involved with a number of professional groups, including the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Women Business Owners and the Franklin County Commissioners to Central Ohio Workforce Development Board of Directors.

She and her husband have children enrolled in the Whitehall City Schools.

Darryl Hammock is running for a full four-year term. He previously served on the school board and was appointed in March to fill the unexpired term of former board member Brandon Howard. That appointment expires at the end of the year.

"I (want) to get our parents more involved with our schools," he told ThisWeek. "When our parents and teachers work together, we can accomplish even more for our children.

"I think the board is very unified," he said. "As we finish up the buildings, we are working towards having them fully staffed and functioning. I love the people I work with."

Hammock is a local pastor and a 1990 Whitehall-Yearling High School graduate. He earned his undergraduate degree from Cedarville University and received his master's degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He is a senior pastor at the City of Refuge Baptist Church and is the owner of a small business, Yellow Van Handyman.

Hammock has worked as a substitute teacher for Whitehall City Schools and has been a volunteer track coach at the high school since 1998.

Hammock is a Whitehall-Yearling High School Hall of Fame member. He set records in track and field, both in high school and in college. He has lived in Whitehall since 1987.

Election Day is Nov. 5, but early and absentee voting began Oct. 1.

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