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Independent announces school board candidacy

Jennifer Jones Galligan, an attorney who resides in the Hill City area, filed a notice of candidacy with the Pickens elections office today to challenge incumbent Byron Long for school board Post 3. Long was unchallenged in the GOP primary. The election will be in the November.

Galligan must first collect signatures that are required for all independent candidates. She will need 830 signatures to make the ballot.

Independents have until tomorrow at noon to file their notices with the local office. Signatures are required by July 8th.

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melissa hendrix
+14 #1 melissa hendrix 2014-06-26 21:42
Everyone needs to sign this! In November when the election happens it will be another clean sweep! Got the old out and have a board that CARES about the school system and employees!!!
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unsullied parent
-9 #2 unsullied parent 2014-06-27 01:47
Exactly why is everybody hating on these incumbents? My kids seem to do pretty at the schools and I really don't have any complaints. Am I missing something?
I don't want to hear a bunch of whining about personality or something somebody's cousin said to somebody's momma. Are there policy/administ rative decision that stink?
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Informed parent
+13 #3 Informed parent 2014-06-27 18:07
This current school board agreed to pay the current Superintendent $195,000 yearly salary, they pay $1,750 per month for her housing, pay for her automobile and all maintenance required to operate it, which may include gas, pay for her cell phone and her health insurance. Not to mention a life insurance policy for her. Our central office is full of many large salaries, very large. Many of those high paying positions are held by folks that have "retired" from positions such as principal, and are again earning large salaries. All of this goes on while our teachers, the very people we entrust our CHILDREN to everyday, are being furloughed, pay cuts each year, and now teachers have to pay 100% of their family's health insurance. The school pays nothing. Teachers are the ones that make a difference in our kid's lives, but are last on the list. This brings down morale among teachers, and why wouldn't it? So yes, I believe it's our children that will suffer in the end. When good teachers are forced to go elsewhere. These are just a few of the reasons why folks are so down on these incumbents. I urge everyone to look into all of this and make your own decision. Just be informed.
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Free&Reduced Parent
+7 #4 Free&Reduced Parent 2014-06-28 22:32
These incumbents ran on a personal agenda and they were propelled into office by people whose fan base hasn't seen the education sector in upward of 30 years. Wendy Lowe, Byron Long, and Dan Fincher were voted in to get rid of the previous Central Office and certain Admins across the district, along with several teachers that they felt were less than par based on rumor and hearsay. Yes, I will repeat, RUMORS and HEARSAY.

These 3 people ran on a premise of fear and behind-the-scen es tactics that have made over 200 education system employees either seek employment elsewhere by resigning, forced into retirement or resignation, or non-renewed based on the pressure from these 3. And that is just in the past TWO YEARS. There's been no momma said this about a cousin or aunt. This is simply 3 people who have manifested a culture of fear and have no problem downplaying the contributions of the AMAZING teachers, support staff, and administrators of Pickens County Schools.

There is a website out there that addresses many of these concerns by many stakeholders of Pickens County Schools. You are going to have to do a search for it though cause I will not plug it's URL on here. I want this post to go live based on the merit of its content, not on the color of its "plugging"
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Biff
+7 #5 Biff 2014-06-29 08:20
Quoting unsullied parent:
Exactly why is everybody hating on these incumbents? My kids seem to do pretty at the schools and I really don't have any complaints. Am I missing something?
I don't want to hear a bunch of whining about personality or something somebody's cousin said to somebody's momma. Are there policy/administrative decision that stink?


Are you "unsullied" or "uninformed"?
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