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District 5- It is all on you!
web posted October 21, 2010
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
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
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.
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