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Savannah-Chatham School BOE President Candidate: Chester Ellis

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

In five days voters will decide who will be the next president of the Savannah-Chatham Public Schools Board of Education President.

Retired educator and pastor Chester Ellis said he is head and shoulders above the rest of the field.

"I have demonstrated throughout the debates that I have more knowledge, more understanding and I know exactly what the role of school board is in the education process," said Ellis.

Ellis doesn't just attend debates, he said he attends school board meetings too, and the change in bell times for students is a decision he feels the board should not jump to a decision on.

"I'd like to see everyone have all the research, the pros and cons of it, so we can sit down and discuss, and then I would like to see the board reach out to the community," he said. "Show the community what the research is showing us, then make a decision."

Ellis said the school board has a history of making incomplete decisions with incomplete data. It's a challenge he said the district faces with rezoning in west Chatham County, and could face down the line with a superintendent search.

"I would like to see us, at this point, sit down with [superintendent] Dr. Lockamy and find out what his future plans are and get us an understudy," he said. "Because the history of Chatham County tells us when we change superintendents, we change board presidents. We take a step back some. Lockamy has proven consistency is the thing that causes growth."

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