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School Board candidate vows to bring 'passion' to the office

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY, Ga. -- As a single mother of two young children, Sherrell Byrd says that experience makes her the ideal candidate to replace incumbent Milton "June Bug" Griffin in the District 2 Dougherty County School Board race.

"I serve children, they are the primary focus in my life," Byrd, 31, told the Dougherty County Rotary Club Tuesday at Doublegate Country Club. "I see myself as a natural fit on the school board. Despite what you might see or hear in the media, we have a great school system. But we can make it better.

"I want to bring in a different element of change. I will represent the needs of Dougherty County's parents and their children. They need their voices heard."

A 1996 graduate of Westover High School, Byrd was the marketing director at Chehaw Park for 2 1/2 years. She is currently the First- and Second-Year Coordinator at Albany State University. Her primary role is in dropout prevention.

"I am not a politician, but I am a public servant," Byrd said. "Education is at the top of my list. We need to get back to supporting our children.

Byrd, who graduated from Georgia State University in 2001 with a degree in psychology, says her philosophy is simple.

"I have a plan called SOAR," she said. "'S' is start strong and finish strong. Early literacy is the key. 'O' is our future. Our city is only as strong as our school system.

"'A' is accountability, and that means from everybody. 'R' is retention of quality teachers because the good ones have the most valuable job in the world."