As he enters his 16th year of service on the Bourbon County Board of Education, Todd Earlywine reflects on why he initially ran for his seat.
"I wanted to do something where I could help my kids out," he said. "I have three daughters, and they all were coming up in the school system, and I wanted to have a little control about what went on it."
Two of Earlywine's daughters, Jordan and Peyton, have already graduated from Bourbon County, and his youngest, Reagan, is a senior this year.
Earlywine is a 1985 graduate of BCHS and was a first-baseman on the baseball team.
"We had a winning season, but we didn't make it out of the district that year," he said about his senior year, which earned him a scholarship to Eastern Kentucky University, where he graduated from in 1990 with a degree in business.
The facilities were bare-bones during Earlywine's time on the diamond.
"When I was here, there were no lights on the field," he said.
Now there are, as well as renovated dugouts and a press box.
Earlywine said that upgraded facilities are the most significant changes that have happened to the district over the last decade.
"We've done a lot of improvements and renovations: the basketball court, the football field, Bourbon Central had a big addition, and we've had an addition at Cane Ridge."
The one thing that Earlywine takes the most pride during his tenure as a board memeber? Student achievement.
"We've always done well. Our kids seem to test well, and we've had a lot of successful kids graduate from here," he said.
Earlywine has been a business owner for 30 years. He runs one company that installs geothermal heating and cooling loops, another that specializes in spray foam and insulation, and is an investor in a Carlisle-based pest control outfit.
In his spare time, Earlywine enjoys spending time with his wife of 26 years, Angela, and working out.
His children, the reason he ran for school board, are also his "hobby," he said jokingly, and keep him busy.