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Scott's widow chosen to serve out his term

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Patsy Scott will be able to continue her husband's efforts.

Mrs. Scott, 67, a retired nurse and widow of District 5 Richmond County school board trustee Joe Scott, won his seat Tuesday night by a large margin against 32-year-old professional counselor Aishia Leverett and 64-year-old property manager and associate minister James Williams Jr.

Mrs. Scott will complete her husband's term through Dec. 31, 2012.

"It's a great win," Mrs. Scott said shortly after receiving cheers at a celebration at Comfort Inn on Gordon Highway. "I just want to focus on getting our kids educated. That's what my husband was about."

Mrs. Scott won with 1,224 votes, or 61 percent, to Ms. Leverett's 603 votes, or 30 percent, and Mr. Williams' 161 votes, or 8 percent. There were three write-in votes.

Sixteen percent of the district's 12,403 registered voters cast ballots in the race.

Mrs. Scott, who led in campaign contributions, campaigned on continuing the tradition of her husband, who died in July, while ensuring that students have access to needed resources, keeping parents informed of issues and supporting good pay for teachers.

Reach Preston Sparks at (706) 828-3851 or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com.

District 5 School board Leverett Scott Williams
501 Burns Memorial United Methodist Church, 2372 Lumpkin Road 58 132 19
502 Trinity CME Church, 2930 Glen Hills Drive 5 27 4
503 Henry Brigham Community Center, 2463 Golden Camp Road 173 467 44
504 Aquatics Center, 3157 Damascus Road 76 119 21
505 New Life Worship Center, 3550 Morgan Road 82 80 21
506 Trinity CME Church, 2930 Glenn Hills Drive 157 320 36
507 Minnick Park, 1850 Kissingbower Road 24 38 6
508 Bayvale Baptist Church, 2240 Bayvale Road 19 25 6
509 Bayvale Baptist Church, 2240 Bayvale Road 9 16 4
TOTALS 603 (30%) 1,224 (61%) 161 (8%)
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bettyboop
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bettyboop 11/04/09 - 05:30 am
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puleeze.........

puleeze.........

Concerned2007
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Concerned2007 11/04/09 - 07:54 am
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Congrats to Patsy Scott!

Congrats to Patsy Scott!

norilyn0719
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norilyn0719 11/04/09 - 09:24 am
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The voters have spoken!

The voters have spoken! Thank God for Patsy Scott.

She will work tirelessly on behalf of the students, the teachers, the bus drivers; all the employees in the Richmond County School System, as her husband did.

To God be the glory!! Mrs. Scott, your husband is looking down and saying, Patsy, job well done.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 11/04/09 - 10:20 am
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I hope Mrs. Scott can think

I hope Mrs. Scott can think for herself. I was going to vote for her until I saw that her signs were all over Calvin Holland's front yard, along with Bill Lockett's. That got me worried. I figured if Calvin Holland was supporting her; I better vote for someone else. I hope she can rise above her association with him.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 11/04/09 - 11:41 am
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another legacy electee...all

another legacy electee...all those who voted for her deserves what they will get..which is a continuation of low test scores, graduation rates, poor spending and consistant deficits...if joe scott was that good why did all the high schools fail to meet ayp?? why does rich cnty school have the 6th highest drop out rate than all the school district in the entire county?? why budget deficits for the last 2-3 years, leading to teacher, bus driver and parapro layoffs?? why not enuff textbooks/school supplies for all students, why poor academic achievement??? since his widow will continue his legacy then this is what will continue to occur until individuals are elected who will place an emphasis on academic performance instead sports and other extra curricular activities. it it not personal or race related..just look at the overall academic performance for the past 5-7 years....this leads to increased spending with the cost passed on to the poor taxpayer who does not receive a adaquate return(academic performance) on the money they are forced to pay

justbeasy
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justbeasy 11/04/09 - 11:59 am
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Lifelong resident..that won't

Lifelong resident..that won't come because she was elected...no matter the equipment, technology, resources we have available, things won't change unless something changes at home and students finally decided they want to better themselves.

justbeasy
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justbeasy 11/04/09 - 12:01 pm
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That's exactly what is wrong

That's exactly what is wrong with our system now, we mkae too many excuses and there is absolutely no accountability for the STUDENT. If they don't want to or are not made to or suffer consquences then they won't do....as simple as that.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 11/04/09 - 01:17 pm
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but the school board sets

but the school board sets policy and direction, they are the ones that can mandate behavior, back the teachers in their decisions earmark funds for education or activities or even suspend extra curricular activities for schools w/low graduation rates, it is important to have those on the school board with a basic understanding of government, civics.history, finance and econimics this will help shape decisions with a basic understanding of the impact it has on the poor taxpayer who is paying the bill. this isn't only about student conduct it is about financial decisons made that it the case of richmond county have them continiously marred in budget deficits

lylagirl
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lylagirl 11/04/09 - 05:18 pm
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Lifelongresident, Joe Scott

Lifelongresident, Joe Scott was not the only member of the Board and his focus was on academics, students and children. One man cannot do it all...you need to chill out and give Mrs. Scott a chance...she will do well for our students and the county. BEHAVE!

Nightmax
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Nightmax 11/04/09 - 06:16 pm
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My sincere congratulation to

My sincere congratulation to Pasty Scott for her success in wining the Board seat held by her husband Joesph Scott for Richmond County. Much success!

Richmond Country has received one of the greatest individuals for assisting the board through 2012. I look forward to hearing great things with her on the Board. The school rates will only change if the students and instructors work together to change the process that is enforced now. In order to be successful you have to WANT SUCCESS for yourself. You must commit yourself and others to that goal in order for it to become successful. Always striving to be the best you can be in order for things to change. Make that commit now!

As a taxpayer in the county, you have to want to see your County do better. Do not put that responsibility on anyone else, unless you are not willing to do it yourself. Take responsibility by committing to the Country's success through YOUR support.

"One is only as good as those who believe in them."

Best wishes Ms Scott,

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