Meet the candidates running for Muscogee County School Board
COLOMB, Georgia (WRBL) – Two candidates are vying for the empty Muscogee County School District seat.
Bart Steed and Nickie Tillery are stepping in to replace Michael Edmondson, who died in February after a brief battle with cancer.
Tillery told News 3 that she is running for the job to make a difference in the lives of the children.
“Over the years, I’ve met quite a few kids entering college who still can’t read and solve simple math problems. I just think Muscogee County graduate students need to prepare them to enter the workforce, join the military, or go to college, ”Tillery said.
Tillery believes that in order to make a difference in children’s lives, they must view each school differently to meet their needs.
“Each school has its own unique personality, and what is needed in one school may not be exactly what is needed in another school. So I think we need to identify the culture and the needs of each school, ”Tillery said.
Tillery wants to continue supporting Muscogee County schools and the Superintendent. She hopes to have a positive impact on students and parents.
“I hope it makes them feel comfortable and I hope they feel accessible,” Tillery said.
Tillery isn’t the only one who wants to make a difference in children’s lives. Candidate Bart Steed has said he wants all children to have a quality education.
“We’re trying to increase the graduation rate and it’s coming. We’re trying to build our kids into a system where they can have a craft when they leave school, but our kids have to get off to a good start, ”Steed said.
In order to give children a quality education, Steed wants to make sure that teachers have the help they need. He also believes that putting children in a trades program will benefit their education.
“We are trying to get children to a trade. This is what we are doing in Jordan. It is a pilot program and it will be extended to other schools. We will try to get a diploma for the children. Bring them in, educate them and get them into a trade so they can be productive, ”Steed said.
Steed told News 3 that he has experience for the position.
“I did my best for all of this. I have been a member of the Automotive Advisory Board for 15 years. He brings the experience to the table. And I am a lifetime citizen of Muscogee County. My whole family went to Muscogee County public schools and I believe in public schools, ”Steed said.
June 11 is the last day for advance voting. The election is June 15.