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11/01/06

BOE Presidential Candidate--Hugh Golson

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New ideas, possible changes, and plans for the future. Every candidate has them, including those seeking to be Savannah-Chatham school board president.

Five different candidates and five different viewpoints. WTOC is profiling one candidate a day all this week.

Current school board president Hugh Golson is running for reelection and said he has more plans in store for the district.

For 29 years, Golson spent his days in a classroom teaching Savannah-Chatham students.

"I am doing this cause I believe in it and not because my friends wanted me to run, or I had nothing else to do," he said. "I am running because I believe in it and I know I am making a difference."

Golson said that being the school board president for Savannah-Chatham schools is a difficult job. "We have a strong team. We built a way that is doing business that is a superior model and I want to support this superintendent and this team as this battleship is turning, and it is turning."

During his four-year term, Golson said he has helped make some significant changes.

"We have made changes the whole culture of the governance on the board and we now represent all the students," he told us. "We do not think particular districts are better then the rest and we understand the importance of team membership."

Just this year the board decided to terminate the school system's contract with bus company Laidlaw, and voted to bring in First Student. Golson also played a role in the decision to have students in elementary and middle school wear uniforms.

"This district is moving and moving fast and I want the public to realize that large changes are taking place," he said. "Two years ago, we had 20 needs improvement schools and this years we had eight, and next our goal is to make these eight go away."

Reported by: Brooke Kelley, bkelley@wtoc.com

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