Chester A. Ellis is our choice for School Board President because his qualifications are better. His education, history of community service, and prior involvement in local public school administration is clearly superior.
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 additional study 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.
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.
In Chatham County, the election of the School Board President is a Nonpartisan Election. This means that the winner in the July 22, 2014 Runoff Election will be the next President of the Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education. Voters will not have a second chance in November to express their preference. Thus, you must vote on July 22. Even if you did not vote in the Primary Election that was held in May or voted for another candidate, you can still vote in the runoff.
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 A. Ellis to become our next School Board President.