Originally created 10/14/00

Minchew a great school board pick

There are three candidates for Richmond County's Board of Education District 10 seat, but for me there's only one clear choice: Helen Minchew.

For 16 years Ms. Minchew has been a vocal advocate for children in the public schools. Under her leadership, Warren Road Elementary School realized improvements to the schoolyard, including new and safer playground equipment, a fence separating the playground from traffic on Warren Road, speed zone signs along Warren Road, as well as a stage area in the cafeteria for the students' performances.

The wall separating John M. Tutt Middle School and the housing development adjacent to the school grounds was erected after a faculty member's numerous pleas to the School Board were ignored and he turned to Mrs. Minchew for assistance ...

Westside High School's recent improvements to the traffic pattern in the front of the school are yet another of the many safety improvements Mrs. Minchew initiated. While she served as PTA president at Westside, the PTA was revitalized and a newsletter was established to improve communication between the school and parents. Invaluable parent workshops were offered and candidate forums were held to involve the students in community elections and current events.

I hope District 10 voters will join me and cast their ballots for Helen Minchew Nov. 7.

Marge Swartzwelder, Augusta


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