By Nancy Glasscock


Garden City resident Sheila D. Kretzschmar, a democrat, is seeking her fourth term as District 4 representative on the Cullman County Commission on Education.

Kretzschmar, who is being challenged by Tabatha House, said her 12 years experience with Hanceville schools make her the best candidate for the position. She said she wants to continue to improve county schools as she has in the past.

“The intent of my first running for the School Board was to work with the others and to try to better Cullman County Schools, to improve test scores, and to provide a safe environment for the children and I feel like I have done that,” Kretzschmar said. “So, I have worked on my platform and I feel like we have improved upon that.”

Kretzschmar said she has provided effective leadership for Cullman County Schools during the past 12 years. Sheila Kretzchmar, her husband Tony and their three children graduated from Hanceville High School. She said being the co-owner of a Hanceville business has given her experience in working with the school system’s budget.

“I feel like being in business gives me an insight into the school budget,” she said. “I’m very hardworking; I’m fair; I’m dedicated to educating children in Cullman County; and I’m knowledgeable of the position I am seeking.”

Kretzchmar is 47 years old. She and her husband own Kretzschmar Motors in Hanceville. She has lived in Garden City for 31 years.

“This is very serious to me, and I am very dedicated because providing a good education is very important to me. It is very important to me that I am re-elected so I can provide the tools for the children of Cullman County to receive a good, quality education.”

Sheila D. Kretzschmar

A 12-year veteran of the School Board, Kretzschmar is defending her District 4 seat against republican challenger Tabatha House.


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By Nancy Glasscock


Republican Tabatha House is challenging incumbent Sheila D. Kretzschmar in the race for the District 4 seat on the Cullman County Commission on Education.

House, a Center Hill resident, said her hands-on involvement with Hanceville schools during the past six years and having children enrolled in the schools have allowed her to identify key issues. She has been a PTO president for three years , a treasurer of the PTO for one year and has also served as a pee-wee cheerleading sponsor, on the SACS Accreditation Committee for Hanceville Elementary School and coordinated Parent Teacher Training seminars designed to help children succeed in school.

“When I started out with PTO, we didn’t have 35 dollars in our PTO fund,” House said. “Through the years that I was in PTO, we raised enough money for a new ($36,000) playground. I would like to continue to get things for the school as I have done in the past.”

House said being in contact with parents and teachers would make her an effective School Board member. She said a building at Hanceville Elementary School has only one water fountain and bathroom stalls are also in need of repair.

“There are a lot of problems at the school that someone who isn’t actually in the school wouldn’t know about and some of those things are really simple and could be easily fixed,” she said. “I see things that need to be corrected and I’m not afraid to go out there and try do something positive for the good of the children.”

House is 38 years old. She does not have a full-time job, but does bookkeeping work for her husband, David, who counsels children who have been removed from their parents’ homes by DHR.

Tabatha House

House is challenging incumbent Sheila Kretzschmar in the District 4 race of the Cullman County Commission on Education.


38 years old

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