School board qualifying

  Mike Holaha/Staff
Mike Holaha/Staff

So I have jumped on the bandwagon and started an education blog, which was long past due. From my time on the education beat, I've learned there are thousands of education topics that people should know about, but they might not always fit in a news story.


Solution? Let's blog about it.


The goal of this blog is to get people talking about topics in education - from policy, trends, gross cafeteria lunch, teaching strategy, textbooks, curriculum, $$$, to administrative issues...and by issues I mean gossip!


I'd love for this to be a conversation. I'll start it, and you guys contribute.


You can email me conversation ideas at or give me a call: (706) 823-3424.


The school year is about to start and there is lots to talk about.


For now, let's start with this:


There are five seats up for grabs on the Richmond County Board of Education this year. All five incumbents can run again, since the school board is not term limited.


My colleague Susan McCord and I checked with Board of Elections Director Lynn Bailey just before lunch. All incumbents have put their names in the hat again, except Helen Minchew, who holds the at-large District 10 seat.


I suspect Minchew will run again. She first took office in 2000 and keeps heavily involved in the schools in her district. But I'll be giving her a call later to see if she just got busy today and couldn't swing by the elections office just yet. She and any challengers have until noon Wednesday to put their names in the hat.


So far, just Robert Cheek - who ran for Augusta Commission District 8 seat in 2010 - is the only newcomer. He is challenging District 8 incumbent Jimmy Atkins, who I know will run a hard campaign to get re-elected.


The rest of the incumbents are solo as of now. They are: Marion Barnes District 1, Barbara Pulliam District 4 and Patsy Scott District 5.


Hope to hear from you all soon!



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Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 08/06/12 - 03:40 pm
How 'bout term limits not

How 'bout term limits not only for board members but also for school board attorneys?

Concerned Tax Payer
Concerned Tax Payer 09/26/12 - 01:38 pm
Why is it that Marion Barnes

Why is it that Marion Barnes can still run for the Board? His daughter is a director of Vocational Services with RCBOE. I thought that the state put a law in that when their term was up that they could not re-run if family members held supervisor positions. Please check on this....

bubbasauce 04/04/14 - 01:41 am
Boy these must be pretty good

Boy these must be pretty good positions to have. I guess the perks must be good. I don't know why certain people love to have these jobs. Someone please tell me.

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