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Letter to the Editor

Outgoing School Board member: "Proud of this County and Proud of my Service"

web posted November 13, 2008
Dear Editor, Edgefield County School District, the Board, the Administration, and residents,

I would like to take a few minutes and express a few thoughts in reference to my tenure as an Edgefield County School Board Trustee.

These past four years have gone by very fast, during which we have endured many challenges. Many of those were imposed on us by the state, some were local challenges, and several others came from within our own district. The common denominator of them all, however, is that all of those challenges have been met by the same entity, this board, who has always tried to do what is right and to make the best decisions for this district. As we all know, those decisions don’t always make everyone happy, but that is an impossible task for any entity to accomplish.

During my tenure on this board and through all those challenges, it has been my pleasure to serve the children and families of this great district, the constituency of District 7, and to serve as a trustee of this board alongside the other members. We have accomplished many things, but it doesn’t happen easily. It takes hard work, dedication, teamwork, and sacrifice to get things done. Though my time here has come to an end, the challenges for this district still lie ahead.

Those challenges, simply stated, are to educate our children, to retain good quality instruction and administration, and to graduate quality contributing members of society, all while being fiscally responsible and accountable to the taxpayers. This is a tall order, but I know that this district will continue to progress, improve, and meet those challenges head on for years to come.

To my fellow Trustees, I have thoroughly enjoyed serving along side each of you, and I sincerely appreciate your hard work and dedication. We have been able to work through some very tough and volatile situations all while maintaining respect for each other and upholding the dignity of this board, for that I thank you. You above all, recognize that you are in a thankless position, but let me say thank you for the time that you have taken out of your lives to serve in this capacity, thank you for your dedication to this district, and I thank your families for sacrificing their time with you so that you could serve a cause greater than ourselves.

To the administration and the employees of this great district it has been my pleasure to work with you, but mostly I want to say “thank you”. Thank you for what you do everyday, thank you for undertaking the noblest of duties....serving children. Thank you for your service to the generations that will follow us, because what you do everyday makes a difference in this world by touching the lives of our children. These children and the many afterwards will not remember who sat in this seat or the other seats of this board, but they will always remember you. You will forever be remembered in the minds of the children you serve every day. They will remember that gentle word, that kind gesture, the listening ear, that additional help you gave them, or that ever present life lesson that they learn from you. It is you that they will remember and for that, again, I say thank you.

To the constituency of District 7, I sincerely appreciate the confidence that you showed in me four years ago to represent you at the district level and for allowing me to serve you in this capacity. I have worked hard, learned fast, and supported all the schools, students, and families of this district as needed.

I have a strong record of sound judgment, good decision making, and fiscal responsibility, and am proud of the time that I have served. I have supported all forms of education and the parent’s right to decide for their family how to educate their child, whether it be in the traditional public schools, home school, charter school, or private school. All my decisions were made after careful deliberation, research, and thorough analysis of the information, in an effort to make the best decision possible for all the children and families of this district. 

Thank you for your support to myself and to my family. Again, I sincerely appreciate your faith in me and for allowing me to serve you these past four years.

To my successor, I wish you all the best, and nothing but success. Congratulations on your successful campaign, I am always proud to see people interested enough in their community and the education of their children to get involved. I encourage you to work hard, learn fast, be prepared, and ask questions. It is a steep learning curve, but I am sure that you are up to the task.

Finally, to the Board, to the Administration, and to my successor all, I wish you all continued success in all that you endeavor, and I hope that this district continues to improve in every way. Work hard, expect the best from each other, and instill the best in our children. If I can help in any way, please let me know.

Scott Chitty

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