For the past four years I have watched with pleasure (and sometimes pain) as my wife, Valerie, served as a member of the Aiken County Board of Education, representing Beech Island, Jackson, New Ellenton and Windsor. While the board faced many challenges over these years, she thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Through watching my wife, I learned that the requirements for this position include an open heart, a willingness to listen to others and understand their needs, and the ability to negotiate, because after all, there are nine board members, each with their own perspectives.
Most importantly, the position requires firsthand knowledge of our schools, students and administrators and the challenges they face daily. Levi Green clearly is the only candidate for my wife's board seat who can meet these requirements.
Unlike his opponent, Levi has worked within our school system to make improvements. He has served for 25 years on our area advisory council and is currently chairman, and is a parent of Aiken County public school graduates. He lives in our district as a homeowner and taxpayer; knows intimately the challenges our schools face; and has rolled up his sleeves to effect change.
I would be happy to talk about Levi's participation in more than 500 advisory council meetings over 25 years, and countless school visits as a volunteer, parent and concerned resident. He knows firsthand the strengths and weaknesses of our schools, and instead of pointing fingers at what others should be doing, he is helping get the job done.
I encourage our neighbors and friends to look at the candidates: Levi, who lives in our community and has dedicated much of his life to helping our kids; and his opponent, whose only concern seems to be the almighty tax dollar.
Please join me in supporting Levi Green for the Aiken County Board of Education.
David Towles, Beech Island, S.C.
(Editor's note: The writer's wife has represented District 2 on Aiken County's school board.)