Two-time incumbent Dennis Seger says he wants another term on the Bryan County Schools Board of Education because of unfinished business.
“We’ve worked with the administration to repair some issues, but others remain,” he said. “Until we can operate flawlessly, the board and myself have more to do. I don’t want to leave with unfinished business.”
Seger is facing challenger Pauline Phifer for the District 2 seat in the May 24 primary. He first ran for the board in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012.
He said his experience as both a student and parent in Bryan County schools helps him as a board member.
“I have a firm knowledge of the whole system and the issues we face,” he said. “I’ve seen every side of the situation.”
Before running in 2008, Seger had been president of the PTO and the Bryan County High School Boosters Club, as well as a board member of the Hendrix Park Youth Association.
When he ran for re-election in 2012, Seger noted the growth of the district and the need for new schools. Bryan County Elementary School and McAllister Elementary School both opened last year, and now the board is considering more construction with an anticipated growth of 3,500 more students over the next decade.
“Students deserve a board that will work tirelessly to provide them with every opportunity,” he said.
Similar to his opponents concerns, Seger said the district needs to focus on student discipline, vocational training and teacher retention.
“Not every student goes to college,” he said. “We need to give them an education so they at least can find work and support themselves.”