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Letter to the Editor

District 5- It is all on you!


web posted October 21, 2010

Dear Editor,
For the first time in many years, Edgefield County has a true education professional running for our school board in district 5. I urge the citizens in this district to rise to the challenge of placing our school system on solid ground. You hold the piece of the puzzle that can help lead our district to the level that all of our citizens can be proud of. 

This letter is not to put down those that are serving now or have served in the past, but it is time to place our children’s future in the hands of a true educational professional.

I consider myself a friend of Viola Jackson and am in no way putting her down for her service in the past. However, having known Carroll Wates for much of my life and having worked under him for a good portion of my life, I feel I am qualified to attest to his ability as a leader in education. 

I have known very few people during my career in education that were more respected locally and state wide as is Carroll. We need someone that understands the needs of our students and educators; someone that sees all students as our prize possessions.  During my more than 20 years of working with Carroll, I never saw him make a single decision without the students’ best interest in mind.   When students made mistakes, he seized the opportunity to help them grow from their mistakes.
 
Please take this opportunity to put a professional to work for us. 

I am tired of being led by citizens that have never been in a classroom; citizens that think they know what we need.  Let me assure you, if you have never taught school, you have no clue as to the true needs of our educators and students. 

I can tell all of you that in my 30 plus years of teaching in Edgefield and Aiken counties I earned a good living, but my wealth was in the students that made me a part of their lives. I loved them all and I believe that they loved me. 

Carroll Wates had that same relationship. His record at the Career Center speaks for itself. Gold award after gold award and in fact, this past award was on his watch. This school board election is not about race or special interests.  It is about our children and all of them deserve the opportunity to learn in a quality environment with quality, caring educators. 

Carroll Wates will make that happen. 

Hugh Bland
Edgefield SC






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