Three school board seats up in Kershaw primary

Camden Bureau

Three Kershaw County School Board seats are up for grabs in today’s primary election.

In Districts 2 and 6, incumbents Jimmie Rose and Jason West are being challenged by Loretta Carr and Myra Brown respectively for the nonpartisan seats. Incumbent Vivian Metze is unopposed in District 4.

Rose, a former Blaney Elementary School secretary, hopes to continue the accomplishments of the current school board. Hiring a superintendent, putting principles in every school and holding cabinet meetings have made the district a better place to learn and work, she said.

“My concern has been with the public school system for as long as I can remember,” Rose said. “I will pursue any avenue I can pertaining to the children’s welfare.”

Loretta Carr, opposing Rose, says she wants the school district to be fiscally responsible. Carr is the former mayor of Elgin and served on the Elgin Town Council.

“I just want to make sure that our children are educated in the best possible way,” she said “We really have to weight fiscal responsibility against the needs of the schools.”

In District 6, West, who plans to go to graduate school specializing in public education, said he wants to see rural school programs grow stronger. New courses like Russian, Japanese and Latin are now offered at rural schools, and a building program is constructing and renovating facilities in rural areas.

“When I was in high school at a small rural school we didn’t have these things,” West said.

Myra H. Brown is challenging West for Seat 6. As vice president and branch manager of Sandhills Bank in McBee, Brown said she could help the district during budget time and ensure that rural schools get their share of funding.

“There’s been a bit more emphasis on rural schools,” she said, “but we want to encourage parents to get involved.”

Charlie Peebles, a former school board and Kershaw County Council Member, is running for Seat 8. Peebles, who is retired from Southland Life Insurance Co., said he is a conservative who wants children to receive quality education.

“I believe character and common sense should be taught along with academics,” Peebles said. “The education will be more beneficial.”

Brian Carter is also running for Seat 8. He is a senior staff accountant with Dooley, Richards and Co. in Columbia. Carter was unavailable Monday to be interviewed.

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