I came to The Augusta Chronicle in August 2010 after graduating from The University of Florida with degrees in journalism and Spanish literature. I'm now the education reporter and am always looking for story ideas. (If you have an interesting story idea, hit me up!) During college I held internships at The Palm Beach Post, The St. Augustine Record and Alachua County Today. At those papers I covered business and economic trends, local government, features, and crime. My other passion is riding and training horses. I’ve been riding nearly all my life and train in jumping and dressage. In college I worked at a Selle Francais breeding farm, where we broke young horses and trained them through Grand Prix. I have an Appendix Quarter Horse named Zack, who I adore and is like my child!
Posted August 6, 2012 02:40 pm - Updated August 6, 2012 02:57 pm

School board qualifying

The Richmond County Board of Education

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 tracey.mcmanus@augustachronicle.com 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!