Meet Jay Sherrill!
We are so excited to have Jay Sherrill share his thoughts with us. Jay became the President of the Putnam City School Board just recently, after having served since 2015. He graduated from Putnam City High School, and his wife Jessica graduated from Putnam City West High School. They moved into Putnam City so their children could get the world-class education our district provides. Read below to learn more about this remarkable servant of Putnam City’s children.
When you were in school, what were your favorite memories?
I have so many wonderful memories. In elementary school at Rollingwood, I remember Ms. Stackle teaching me to juggle, art with Ms. Cromer, Mrs. Cornett giving out popcorn, and Friday morning assemblies. I remember all of my teachers and of course, cinnamon rolls! In middle school, at Capps "Central", I remember lockers, Friday night dances, and developing friendships that would last a lifetime. In high school I had so many wonderful teachers who challenged me, who gave me purpose and brought out the best in me. I remember the pride I had cheering our teams on and participating in pep rallies! I had a ton of interests and Putnam City provided me opportunities to explore all of them.
What inspired you to run for the school board? What is the most difficult part of service?
Several years ago, my wife asked me if I’d heard that the school board member in our ward had resigned. She told me I should consider seeking the appointment for the vacancy. I said I’d love to do it for the kids. She asked, “Which kids?” I answered, “the kids in the district.” She said, “That’s the right answer.” What I’ve enjoyed during my time on the school board is having a positive impact on all of our students by making good decisions within my unique role as a school board member.
Why is public education important to you personally?
Public education provides all students a steady foundation for their future while meeting their individual needs. Decisions we make as a school board on policy, budget, and the hiring of our Superintendent directly correlate to student success and to the success of our community.
May 20, 2021