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Candidate to run for school board post

5/18/2012

By LOUIE BROGDON
The Brunswick News

A Brunswick mother of four says she will run as the District 5 representative for the Glynn County Board of Education.

Dee Rogers, 37, said she decided to run after the board cut funding for Risley Early College Academy and the Southside Performance Learning Center, two programs aimed at educating academically marginal or at risk youth.

"I decided to run because rather than complain about things, I wanted to do something about it," Rogers said.

Rogers believes more could have been done to save the programs, and she wants to help mitigate further cuts to education, she said.

This is the first time Rogers, who has children at Sterling Elementary and Glynn Academy, has sought political office, she said.

One of Rogers' goals is to open communication between the board of education, residents and the city and county governments.

"I want to make sure we have a collaborative relationship between the school board and the rest of the community," Rogers said.

A 1992 graduate of Glynn Academy, Rogers grew up in Brunswick and is vice chair of the Golden Isles Minority Republican Caucus.

The District 5 seat is currently occupied by Venus Holmes, a Democrat, who has not publicly announced whether she will seek reelection.

Those seeking to run for the board of education who are affiliated with political parties must qualify between Wednesday and noon May 25.

Independents seeking election must complete a nominating petition and qualify between July 30 and noon Aug. 3.

The qualifying fee for school board is $108.

The primary is July 31 and the general election Nov. 6.

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