Chattooga County Schools Superintendent Jared Hosmer has shared the question and answer email exchange between the BOE Chairman Eddie Elsberry and the six applicants for consideration to fill the unexpired term of Seat 4, Lyerly district. The term will expire December 31, 2022 and the election process of 2022 will decide who will hold the seat starting in January 2023.
The Board will announce the person who will fill the term at the August meeting. That person will then have to be sworn in by Chattooga County Probate Judge Gary Woods, approved by the state of Georgia and a Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report & Candidate Financial Disclosure will have to be completed and on file with the State. All of which will be public record.
Tell us a little about yourself and why you would like to serve on this board
My name is Morgan Reynolds. I have a passion for being involved in our community and helping to impact the future students in a positive way. I have a background in business, and have my MBA. I also have experience in education from volunteering to working in higher education. I would like to serve as a member of the board because I have a strong passion of helping the community grow. I also would like the opportunity to serve as a board member to bring a positive impact to the students and future students of the county.
What do you view as the role of the board and as an individual board member?
When I think of someone on a school board, I think of a person who is trying to promote the schools. A person who is looking out for the faculty, staff, students, and parents. Someone who wants to make a positive impact for the school system. I view the role of a board member to not only be a positive impact, role model, and leader, but a person who wants the best for the school system as a whole. A person who wants to support the school system and community, and someone who wants to be involved throughout the community and schools. Someone who you see out in the community getting their “hands dirty” and being hands on however and wherever needed.
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing education today?
Some of the biggest challenges facing our educational systems today are, but not limited too: too much testing and not allowing teachers to get back to the basics and teach. Another challenge is that there are too many other obstacles, such as data entry, that takes them away from the classroom. Also, there is not enough help inside and outside the classroom. Appropriately funding is also another challenge that educational systems face. If funds were allocated correctly and placed where there are needs, education will succeed. Don’t place the funds into things that are preventing further learning. Politics are another challenge that faces education because everyone has a different opinion. Technology is ever-changing, so therefore keeping up with the technological advances could be viewed as a challenge.
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing our school system?
I think a challenge that faces our school system is being a rural, smaller school system. Therefore, there could be times and things that are overlooked. Being a smaller school system and county also has may advantages too like support from the community. Another challenge that our school faces goes back to education as a whole and not letting our teachers get back to teaching. Which is a governmental thing, but if our teachers and staff were allowed to be creative and teach the students would flourish even more than already doing so.
What is your vision for Chattooga County Schools?
My vision for Chattooga County School is to see a positive impact on current students and to continue to promote positivity among future students. I would like to see our school system become more united and to promote a positive learning experience that makes the students want to enjoy going to school.