District 1 incumbent Pamela Gunter announced she has qualified to seek re-election on the Bryan County Board of Education.
In a statement, Gunter, a Republican, said she is "honored to have qualified for my second term as the District One Board of Education representative for Bryan County. I have two sons currently attending Bryan County Middle High School and they will be 4th generation Bryan County High graduates, so I have a vested interest and passion for our school system."
She added, "Serving on the Board I have learned that no decision is entered into lightly. Each decision is carefully analyzed, thought out and thoroughly researched for what is most beneficial for student achievement."
Here is the rest of her statement:
"Despite a challenging first term, with a pandemic striking a little over a year into my term, I am proud of the accomplishments that were achieved. The academic gains and graduation rate have been impressive with the difficult times we have endured, not to mention our rock star teachers and staff. I am excited about the new sports that have been introduced over the past 3 years to our North Bryan students including wrestling, volleyball, bass fishing and shotgun. Also during my term, our athletes are getting a brand new baseball/softball complex, a new state of the art track and the Middle School students are getting their very own weight room. Additionally, the plans for the Lanier Learning Center (formerly Lanier Primary School) are to offer vocational education to our North Bryan students and the community. The opening of the BEE daycare at BCES for faculty and staff has been a huge asset for recruitment and retention of quality employees.
"Given the opportunity, I will continue to support the five and ten year capital projects plan for North Bryan schools. During my term, land was purchased for a future High School and athletic complex with a new Middle School following closely behind. As a CPA with over 20 years’ experience I contribute financial knowledge to be sure all decisions are fiscally responsible, e.g. bond financing, etc. While we are unable to stop ongoing growth, strong and experienced leadership is more important now than ever. I hope the North Bryan community will allow me to continue to serve our students."