Aiken County School Board forum

The 10 candidates for three open seats on the Aiken County School Board will answer questions and present their platforms at a forum Nov. 19.

A special election to fill the seats will be Dec. 10.

Sponsored by the Aiken Standard, the forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Aiken Municipal Building at 214 Park Ave. S.W. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The forum is free and open to the public.

Seating is limited to 150, so attendees must RSVP online at tickets.aikenstandard.com or call the Aiken Standard at 803-644-2311. 

Two candidates, George Grieve and Patrice Rhinehart-Jackson, filed to represent School Board District 7, formerly held by longtime board member Rosemary English.

Four candidates filed to represent School Board District 8. They are Kristin Beard, John Bradley, Timothy Govenettio and Bruce Wheelon. Tad Barber formerly held the District 8 seat.

Four candidates filed to represent School Board District 9. They are Robert Byrne, Pamela Diaz, Keith Harp and Cameron Nuessle. Ahmed Samaha formerly held the District 9 seat.

The three districts represent the Aiken County Public Schools' Area 1 attendance zone.

Each candidate will have equal time to respond to questions during the forum.

English, Barber and Samaha resigned from the School Board in September after the board voted to accept the resignation of Dr. Sean Alford, the Aiken County Public Schools' former superintendent.

Information on the candidates is online at scvotes.org.

Larry Wood covers education for the Aiken Standard.