Meet the Candidates: Three will run unopposed

by | August 24, 2018 5:00 pm

Last Updated: August 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Mabry, Jenkins, Witkin

The candidates for three of the four seats on the Colleton County School Board face an easy path.
Two incumbents, Second District member Tim Mabry and Sixth District member Harry Jenkins, are unopposed in their bids for a second four-year term on the school board.
Sharon Hazel Witkin is also unopposed in her bid to join the school board and serve the two years remaining on the board post vacated by Gale Doggette. Doggette resigned the post because she is moving out of the school board’s Third District.

Harry Jenkins
Address: Walterboro
Age: 68
Marital status: Married
Education: Masters Degree
Past and Present Employment: Retired from Colleton County School District after 40 years of service.
Organizations: none
Previous public office or community service: Volunteer Chaplain at Colleton Medical Center.

What made you decide to run for re-election for this post?
I decided to run for re-election because I saw a continued need to advocate for the children of Colleton County.

In terms of experience, what would you bring to the school board?
I bring to the table much needed experience as a classroom teacher of 20 years, and 20 years as an administrator.

What is the main issue you see facing school board members and how would you begin to address it?
The greatest concern is school security the safety of our children and shortage of certified teachers. I would address these issues by having a school resource officer at every school and focusing on teacher retention.

Tim Mabry
Address: Walterboro
Age: 49
Marital status: Married
Education: Walterboro High School, GED
Past and Present Employment: Past: Hill Tire Center. Current: Walterboro Ford Motor Sales
Organizations: Charleston Area Soccer Referee Association, South Carolina High School League, Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks
Previous public office or community service: Colleton County School Board Member

What made you decide to run for re-election for this post?
My decision to run for re-election is to be a part of helping the students, teachers and staff of Colleton County by continuing to push the school district in a forward progress.

In terms of experience, what would you bring to the school board?
Over the last four years I have gained much knowledge and experience in understanding the difficult relationship between the school district, community and the state. I will work hard and diligently to always put our students and teachers first.

What is the main issue you see facing school board members and how would you begin to address it?
The main issue I see facing the school board is community involvement. I learned long ago that it takes more than a school district to educate a single student. I believe we need to strengthen the relationship between the administration, teachers and parents for the benefit of our students.

Sharon H. Witkin
Address: Walterboro
Age: 41
Marital status: Married to Spencer Witkin
Education: Graduate of Walterboro High School and Colleton County Public Schools, B.S. from Clemson University
Past and Present Employment: Current stay-at-home mom to Michael and Sam and community volunteer; previously employed in non-profit event management and fundraising for Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry and Beaufort Memorial Hospital
Organizations: Member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church
Previous public office or community service: No previous public office held
Community Service: Black Street Early Childhood Center PTO member and volunteer, Forest Hills Elementary PTO co-chairman and volunteer, Colleton County School District parent volunteer and committee member, Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society volunteer, Colleton County Arts Council volunteer, Colleton County Clemson Club past board member, Walterboro Soccer Club volunteer, Leadership Colleton and Leadership Salkehatchie graduate

What made you decide to run for this post?
I served three years on the board of my sons’ school PTO.  I enjoy routinely volunteering in the school and simply want to help in a greater capacity.  I recently graduated from Leadership Salkehatchie and by learning more about our community and its people, I developed a more pronounced desire to serve. Helping my children and their classmates has always been my greatest motivation. Though I did not plan for this opportunity, when a position became available, I knew it was my time.

In terms of experience, what would you bring to the school board?
My children and I are an every day part of Colleton County School District.  I cheer from the sidelines, drive through the carpool and attend the same meetings as other parents of our Colleton County students.  I know and hear what parents want and need.  I am also in the school volunteering, chaperoning and substitute teaching and I hear and know what our students and teachers need.  I hope to bring their collective voice to our School Board.  I am willing and want to learn to make our schools be the best they can be.

What is the main issue you see facing school board members and how would you begin to address it?
Recruiting and retaining good teachers is a struggle and we need Colleton County School District to be a place teachers want to teach and inspire our students. I look forward to working with the board and administration to place this as a greater priority.

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