Norman focused on New Haven & District success
David Norman was sworn in Tuesday for his second term on the Nelson County Board of Education and he says his focus is on the needs of his constituents in the southern portion of Nelson County.
“I want to make sure New Haven School is successful,” Norman said. “I also want to make sure all the children of Nelson County get a quality education.”
Norman previously represented District 1 on the Board from 2015 to 2017, which comprises his hometown of New Haven. He is a 1989 graduate of Nelson County High School and retired from county government after 24 years, where he worked as an equipment operator and truck driver. He is married to Stephanie Norman and has two children, Caleb and Mallory.
Norman said his family’s experience with Nelson County Schools has provided him with context he will use as a member of the Board.
“Having to advocate for my autistic son has prepared me for this position. It has shown me what needs to improve and what programs are successful,” he said.
Norman said residents of the New Haven area and southern Nelson County often feel they receive less attention from government agencies.
“The people of District 1 want to be heard and they know I will listen,” Norman said. “They want their children to get a quality education and they want to keep their school in New Haven.
Norman will take the seat previously held by Jeff Dickerson, who did not run for reelection. Norman said although he had served on the board before, he had stepped away for almost five years, and he was grateful for the strong support from voters when he asked them for a second term.
“I have some unfinished business from my previous term,” Norman said.
“I was humbled by all the support,” he said. “I didn’t expect to get the overwhelming support I received from the great people of District 1 and all of Nelson County.”
Norman is a member of Saint Vincent dePaul and Saint Thomas Church and is well-known in the community for his involvement with the Little Heroes exceptional youth hunt, a free event for local youth with special physical or intellectual needs that provides the opportunity to deer hunt.
Superintendent Wes Bradley praised Norman’s connection with people across Nelson County. “Mr. Norman is a great listener and has an open mind to ideas from people across the county.”
“David’s previous experiences on the board and in education will add to the strength of our district and board team. We have diverse perspectives across our community represented on the board, and we are excited to have Mr. Norman’s voice and perspective.”
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