Media release: Driven by a desire to equip students to live meaningful and impactful lives, Will Byington announces his candidacy for Rome City School Board.
“I believe the future vitality of our community will be largely determined by how successful we are in preparing our students to be skilled, competent and responsible adults, and it’s incumbent upon us to provide them with the tools they’ll need to achieve that goal,” Byington said. “I want to do everything I can to ensure that success.”
Byington has been a member of the city’s school board since September 2016 when he was chosen by the board to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Judy Sims in July of that year.
“Judy was a gifted educator and an incredible advocate for all students in Rome, and it has been an honor to work with my fellow board members to continue her efforts,” Byington said.
Byington is a Rome native, graduating from Rome High in 1998. His wife, Heather, teaches at East Central Elementary and is in her 15 year in the city school system. The Byingtons have two sons, both students at East Central. William is in the fifth grade while Thomas is a first grader.
“As a Rome graduate, the husband of a Rome educator and the father of Rome students, I’ve been fortunate to develop what I think is a well-rounded perspective about the work that goes on in our school system,” Byington said. “I’ve realized that our role as board members isn’t to micromanage day-to-day operations but instead, to make sure our faculty and staff have every resource available to make them successful in their roles.”
Byington is Director of Property Management for Floyd Medical Center, where he oversees construction and remodeling projects, new acquisitions, maintenance, service contracts and utility management for all Floyd properties outside of the primary hospital campus. He is a 2001 graduate of Georgia Southern University, with a degree in business administration. While at GSU, Byington was on scholarship as an Equipment Manager for the Eagles’ national championship football teams. He again called on his lifelong love of football in serving on the Rome Championship Game Host Committee that worked to bring the NAIA Football Championship to Rome.
Byington is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Rome, has served on the Rome Floyd Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and currently sits on the Rome/Floyd County Board of Adjustments, where he served as chairman from 2013-2016. He is also a member of the Exchange Club of Rome.