AllOnGeorgia-Camden interviewed with Candidate Herb Rowland who is running for his 4th term for Camden County School Board, Post 4. Any local political candidate that would like to interview or write an Op-Ed with AllOnGeorgia, please message us on our Facebook page.
If you have not noticed lately, campaign signs are sprouting out of the grass along the roadways and flyers are littering our mailboxes. Yes, it is election time. One of the most important local elections is for local school board in Camden County. The school board election is a non-partisan race and will appear on both Democratic and Republican ballots.
Herbert (Herb) Rowland, a 7th generation Camden County resident, is seeking re-election to the Camden County School Board for a fourth-term for Post 4 which represents most of St. Marys, GA. Local school board races are 4-year terms. Rowland has been chairman of the Camden County Board of Education for most of his tenure as an elected school board member.
Rowland is a former Social Studies teacher who taught at Camden County High School and served in the United States Airforce. Rowland has served on previous boards in the community such as the St. Marys Hospital Authority, St. Marys Downtown Development Authority, Historical Commission, and the Industrial Development Authority.
Mr. Rowland gives great credit to some of the success of the school system due to the collaborative efforts with the local school superintendent and the collegiality with his fellow board members.
”When I go to these statewide conferences, and they see that you are from Camden County, they want to talk about our academics as well as our athletics,” says Rowland.
He credits the leadership and faculty in the district for the district’s accolade and the cohesive working relationship of the school board members.
Rowland says one reason he is seeking re-election is to help see through the construction project of the Fine Arts Center at the high school along with expanding the school safety plan throughout the school district.
AllOnGeorgia-Camden explores many topics with Rowland. The issues discussed with Rowland are as follows:
- School safety – Rowland answers questions about the recent suicides and education prevention programs, school safety, inside-outside school threats of students, cyberbullying, and mental health challenges facing the school district along with a potential proposal to implement school resource officers in every school in Camden County. Rowland also answers questions on behavior interventions and parental consent and the role of school board members making policy on behavior interventions.
- Constituent services – Rowland discusses how he engages with the community and gives examples of how constituents can get involved at school board meetings. Rowland also answers questions about the Code of Ethics for School Board members and transparency to the public.
- Accountability and testing – Rowland answers questions about the overemphasis on test scores and gives his opinion on how the school district’s flexibility contract is working for schools.
- Budget Process and loss of Federal Impact Aid – Rowland talks about the present budget process along with answering questions about the potential loss of $3.5 million in federal impact aid for military-connected students. Rowland also extends the discussion into the fully funded state formula of over $800,000 and how the combined effects of federal funding loss and state funding restorations will impact current and future programs.
- Challenges and opportunities – Rowland provides insight into the challenges and opportunities facing Camden County Schools from teacher recruitment, job training, and Spaceport Camden’s ability to spur economic opportunities.
The final election for school board is May 22nd, 2018.
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