John David Allen: School Board member spotlight

Friday, November 17, 2017
John Daniel Allen and his wife, Lindsay, are pictured with their sons (from left) Luke, Alex and Lane.

When John Daniel Allen became a member of the Marshall County Board of Education in September 2014, his goal as a representative of the 6th District was to do his part in unifying the board to “make the best decisions that is in the best interest of all of our students, faculty and staff.” In a world that often projects an all-about-me attitude, Allen said he was pleased to see the individual board members come together from their various districts to work as one to provide support for all the schools, not just the schools in their own districts.

“I want the schools in our system to be as successful as possible and prepare our youth for the future,” he continued. And thus far, he is seeing his goals come to fruition; he serves on a board that oversees an Exemplary School District, as declared by the Tennessee Department of Education.

As with most Board of Education members, what surprised Allen most about the workings of the school system was “how much the budget is to run our school system and how the funding actually works.”

Allen, once a full-time farmer, is employed at General Motors of Spring Hill, but he still gets his hands dirty as a part-time farmer. He and his wife, Lindsay, have three sons: Lane, a senior at Forrest High School; Alex, a sophomore at FHS; and Luke, a fifth grader at Delk-Henson Intermediate School. In his spare time, Allen is very involved in coaching his sons in youth sports; he also enjoys hunting, fishing, and playing a round or two of golf.

John Daniel Allen’s term expires in 2018.