Incumbent District 4 Highlands County School Board member William “Bill” Brantley will visit the Highlands Tea Party this coming Tuesday evening. He is seeking his fourth consecutive four year term on the board.

  This year, Brantley, a Lake Placid contractor, faces opposition for his seat.

  He has a degree in Business Management from the University of Central Florida and is the owner of Brantley Construction, Inc. and has been building custom homes, additions to existing structures and commercial work in the Highlands County Area for the past 13 years. 

  Before running for his current school board seat, Brantley served on the Lake Placid town council for many years including a stint as Vice Mayor until he moved out of city limits.

   Being a local business owner and having control over his daily schedule, Brantley says he has the ability to dedicate the necessary time to his board position. That includes being  available for meetings that sometimes are scheduled during working days.

    Further, he maintains that he is invested in the Highlands County schools inasmuch as he has youngsters in the system – a senior at Lake Placid High School and a fourth-grader attending Lake Placid Elementary School.

   Brantley’s platform includes:

    • An open door policy with the teachers and administration, creating a working team striving for the best interest of our students and their education.

    • Increasing teacher and non-structural personnel salaries.

    • Implementing “new” vocational and technical programs.

    • Preparing the students of Highlands County to be confident in pursuing their goals & passion.

  He is also an active member of Keep Lake Placid Beautiful which is striving to improve the charm and character of his home town of Lake Placid.

   The Highlands Tea Party meets Tuesday evenings at the Vietnam Veterans Hall 33565 Grand Prix Drive (behind the Sebring Wal-Mart). Doors open at 5pm with meetings to commence at 6pm.