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School Board hopeful makes his case for candidacy
posted April 14, 2010
I have been asked on a few occasions why I am running for the Edgefield
County School Board District #2 Seat. I mentioned when I announced my
candidacy that I wanted to put the students of Edgefield County first;
let me elaborate. As a school board member, I must serve on
a board that must supervise the Superintendent of Education for our
county. As a school board member, I will also work with that
board to see that the School District of Edgefield keeps itself
fiscally sound. I also must serve on a board that makes sure our
schools are safe.
1.The most important job of a school board is to see that most
qualified superintendant is put in charge of our public schools.
Most qualified doesn’t mean the best educated. Most qualified
means that the superintendent of our school system has the knowledge
and experience that can best serve our students. That
superintendent must have a policy that all students can succeed and
that all students can learn. The school system must embrace that
philosophy, or the school system is not serving the students of
2. I don’t know if the people of Edgefield County know this, but your
taxes are going to go up, not because I want them to, but because they
are going to have to. I am not calling for higher taxes, but as sure as
the sun will rise, our taxes will go up to support county
operations. The biggest user of tax money in our county is our
public school system.
I believe the school board must make wise decisions on the use of our
tax money. We are blessed with schools in our county that are
sound structurally. The upgrades that took place in the nineties
and the continued upkeep of our schools are paying off. I don’t
believe that we will have to build any new schools for quite a while,
but we will have to upgrade Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center
in the near future. The center is over 30 years old, and its
newest structures are the two greenhouses. I
also see the Career and Technology Center as an economic engine that
can be used to recruit new industry to Edgefield County.
The programs at the facility must be current, cutting edge, and best
meet the needs of our students and our community. As an economic
engine, the career center will educate all students in the crafts and
trades that will help them succeed in life and become productive
citizens. All students, including university bound students,
should be using the career center to help with their career
choices. The CATE programs are not and should not be treated as a
dumping ground for students who show no direction at all. This
action undermines the effectiveness of the CATE Programs and actually
turns away students that can benefit the most from the programs.
Programs at The Career Center are a privilege to take.
3. How is the Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center an economic
engine? A major reason that BMW located in the upstate of South
Carolina was not only because of the Eighty-five Corridor, but the
strong education system at Tri-County, Piedmont, Spartanburg, and
Greenville Technical Colleges and the strong career and technology
programs in Spartanburg and Greenville County. The education
system in the upstate produces scholars and other educated students who
are ready for the workforce. Those qualities are what make an
economic engine. Students are ready for success. With a
strong career and technology program in our county, we could have that
economic engine here. Working to improve our schools and
strengthening our tax base would benefit our entire community and
4. I like fundraisers, but I don’t believe they should be abused.
A fundraiser should have a set purpose. Also, fundraisers should
be used to support activities in school-related or extracurricular
activities. An Edgefield County School should never have a
fundraiser to purchase paper for the copier. An Edgefield County
School should never have a fundraiser to buy technology for the
classroom; those items should be built into the school budget.
Grants can and should be used to purchase technology for the classroom
if we don’t have local funds to cover the cost. A fundraiser could be
used to help sublimate the cost of field trips, sports, the arts
outside of the normal classroom, etc.
5. I will work with the administration and my fellow board members to
ensure that all Edgefield County Schools are as safe as possible, but I
do not want a school to look like a prison or jail. I want
students and staff to feel safe. I want parents to feel secure about
school safety. Student achievement is affected by school safety.
Once again, I am running for Edgefield County School Board District #2.
I can be reached at home before 8pm at 637.9552 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I also have a Facebook page: Michael Crim for Edgefield County School
Keeping Students First,
Candidate for School Board in District 2
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