Fort Mill Times

5 candidates in school board race so far; 1 incumbent steps aside

With less than a week to go before the filing deadline closes, two Fort Mill school board incumbents have decided to seek new terms and a third is stepping away with plans to help a candidate who plans to make her first run for trustee.

Also, Terrin Boddie, an unsuccessful candidate in 2014, is making another run for a school board seat this year.

There are three school board seats available in the Nov. 8 election. Filing closes Aug. 15.

Incumbents Pam Martin and Tom Audette both made public their intentions to seek new terms in the past two weeks. Last week, incumbent Scott Patterson said he decided not to run for a new term and that he is supporting the candidacy of Kristy Spears of Tega Cay, who was co-chairwoman of the Fort Mill School District’s Bond Referendum Committee.

Voters approved the $225 bond request in 2015 to finance new school construction and other capitol projects.

Spears, whose daughter Sydnie is a rising seventh grader at Gold Hill Middle School, held PTA positions there and at Gold Hill Elementary and is a member of the GHMS School Improvement Committee. She also serves on the Tega Cay Community Relations Committee, which coordinates city events, including the annual Fourth of July celebration, Fall Festival and Christmas tree lighting.

“I was able to become much more active within the community and school district after retiring from Bank of America two years ago,” Spears said.

She grew up in Tega Cay, is a 1986 graduate of Fort Mill High School and graduated from Clemson in 1990 with a B.S. in math.

“My decision to run for School Board came when I realized Scott Patterson would not be seeking re-election,” she said.

“I have great respect for all of the members of the school board and would be honored to be among them. But realizing that Scott is not going to run for another term leaves a very critical vacancy that I would very much like to fill. Scott has done great things for the last eight years on the board, so they are definitely big shoes to fill. But I think my longevity in the community, my deep involvement with the Fort Mill School District and my years of experience of managing organizations through changes have given me some unique skills that I'd like to bring to the board.”

Patterson said he put much thought into the decision to not run again, but he has no hesitation supporting Spears.

“After much prayer, I have decided not to seek re-election for my seat on the Fort Mill School Board,” Patterson said.

“I have been honored and humbled to serve my community in this capacity for the past eight years, making this decision a difficult one. This personal change in direction will allow me to focus more of my time on church and family. I can’t think of a person more qualified and deserving to serve and fill my open seat than Kristy Thames Spears. She will be an asset to the board, and I wish her the best in her upcoming campaign. She will have my full support in this race – along with Pam Martin and Tom Audette, who will be seeking reelection.”

Audette seeks second term

“I am very proud to be part of the Fort Mill School District,” Audette said in announcing his plans to run for a second four-year term.

“The last four years as a Fort Mill School Board Member, I have been honored to be a member of multiple subcommittees and strategic planning committees for our nationally ranked Fort Mill School District,” he said.

Audette said improved school security is one of the areas in which he’s been able to make an impact.

“I am also a monthly public spokesman/advocate for strong school safety for the Fort Mill School District,” he said. “We have increased the level of security at our schools, including adding additional security officers at our elementary schools.”

Audette and his wife have five daughters, including three in Fort Mill schools. He earned an MBA from Columbia Southern University, a B.S. from Eastern Oregon University, an A.S. in network support and an A.S. in programming from Champlain College, as well as a certificate in financial planning from Saint Michael’s College. He works for AT&T as a Regional Area Manager.

For more information, go to reelecttomaudette.com.

Boddie runs again

“I would like to thank the current board for all the hard work they have done,” Boddie said.

In 2014, Boddie said her opposition to Common Core was one of her prime reasons for seeking office.

“The issues I am running on (now) is our tremendous growth, finding a way to keep federal funding while providing meals our children will eat, and our budget. I feel qualified for this position because as a mother of eight, a former business owner and an excellent negotiator, I have what it takes to meet budget and get the things our children and educators require,” Boddie said.

“When elected I would value each and every comment and concern from our community and educators, and work my hardest to respond respectfully and honestly.”

Also filing for school board recently are former Fort Mill School District administrator Scott Frataroli and resident Chad Meyer.

Michael Harrison: 803-547-2353, @MikeHarrisonFMT

How to file

Candidates interested in filing must do so at the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of York County office at 13 S. Congress St. in York by noon Aug. 15.

There are no filing fees to run for school board. For more, go to yorkcountygov.com/regelect and search under Candidate Filing Information for additional information, including the Statement of Intention of Candidacy, filing requirements, and state ethics information, or call 803-684-1242 or 803-909-7194.

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