On May 20, 2014, we will elect the next President of the Savannah/Chatham County School Board, and it is important that the residents of Chatham County go to the polls and vote. The five (5) individuals who are competing for this position are Sadie C. Brown, Jolene Byrne, Chester Ellis, George Seaborough and David Simon. Chester Ellis is our choice for this important position.
Ellis is a retired educator having served for over 30 years as a teacher, coach, mentor and community leader. A native of Savannah, he has been a Licensed and Ordained Minister since 1985 and currently serves as Pastor of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Ellis received his early education in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, graduating from Tompkins High School. He earned a B.S. degree at Savannah State University; a Master’s degree in Education and Leadership from Cambridge College; and completed 59 semester hours toward a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Institute. Ellis is President of the Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation, President of the Carver Village Neighborhood Association and a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
As School Board President, Ellis says that he will work to: increase accessibility of School Board representatives to the citizens of Chatham County; increase community involvement in planning and decision making; adopt policies that are sensitive to the needs of students, parents, teachers and other system employees; ensure that all students receive fair and equal treatment under School Board policies; help obtain additional school resources through partnerships and grants; work to improve fiscal responsibility; and develop strategies to increase the graduation rate, especially among African-American males. He promises to provide consensus-building and progressive leadership for the School Board.
Ellis is a proven leader who, with our help, could bring the members of the School Board together to establish polices that are in the best interest of the students who attend the public schools. Serving as School Board President is very stressful and time-consuming. Ellis has the compassion, professionalism, temperament, time and energy that this position demands. Even after retiring from his distinguished career as an educator, he continued his involvement in school system issues and is one of the leaders credited with the creation and success of the Woodville-Tompkins Technical and Career High School. We need a leader in this important position who is prepared to keep us moving forward.
Ellis is supported by most of the African American ministers, and many local business leaders and elected officials. We, at The Savannah Tribune, join these leaders in wholeheartedly supporting the bid of Chester E. Ellis to become our next School Board President.