Marianne Smith has announced that she has qualified for re-election to the Bryan County Board of Education District 4.
"Since 2013, I have been proud to represent District 4 on the Bryan County Board of Education and to serve as a voice for our children and our community. I would love to continue the great work we’ve started," Smith said. "This is one reason I’m running for another term on the Board of Education."
She said Bryan County boasts its highest academic successes in history. "During my tenure on the Board of Education, our students made strong academic gains, despite the challenges of community growth and a pandemic."
If re-elected, Smith said she will continue to "focus on the academic success of our students, fiscal responsibility (our millage rate has not been raised in 13 years), and supporting the recruitment and retention of the very best teachers."
She added, "While much has been accomplished during my time serving on the Board, I hope the community will allow me to serve as we continue the construction and opening of the new Richmond Hill High School. Successfully having been a part of opening three new schools during my time as District 4 representative, I know wise leadership matters. Continuity is paramount as we build a flagship high school that will be the pride of our community. I will continue to support the plans for facilities that will allow our students to develop at their highest educational and vocational potential."
Smith described herself as "a Christian, a mom of three daughters (one in college, one at Richmond Hill High School and one at McAllister Elementary) and a nurse by profession."
Qualifying began Monday for candidates for four open seats on the Bryan County Board of Education, including that of chairman, and three on the Bryan County Commission. Qualifying ends Friday, March 11, at 5 p.m.