Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Evan Guthrie is trying to get active with Dorchester District Two Schools.
Guthrie, an attorney through his home-based law firm Evan Guthrie Law Firm, likes to contribute to students’ education. He is involved in DD2’s Career and Technology Education (CATE) program, attending meetings and making sure students are both college and career-ready.
He is also involved with Dorchester Two Higher Learning Academy, which has business and community leaders come and speak with students at monthly meetings in order to give advice on different careers.
He also visits and speaks at law, finance and entrepreneur education classes in the district.
Now Guthrie wishes to become more involved, which is why he is in the running for this year’s school board election.
“I definitely have a passion for education and want to make sure children get the best education possible,” he said.
As a lawyer Guthrie does estate planning, and writes wills and trusts. Being heavily involved with planning for someone’s future, Guthrie would like to bring the idea of long-term planning to DD2’s school board.
“To get that flexibility in the future you have to make plans today,” he said.
Guthrie said he would like to be a different voice on the board – one with a lawyer’s perspective in order to help students.
“I think that it’s good to have different voices on the board,” he said. “It helps bring all ideas out.”
Earlier this year Guthrie competed against incumbent Rep. Jenny Horne and Franklin Smith in the Republican primary for Horne’s seat. Horne garnered 64 percent of the vote in a three-way race. Smith took 21 percent and Guthrie took 15 percent.
Guthrie told The Summerville Journal Scene that although the House race did not work out in his favor, Guthrie still garnered some experience from being a candidate.
“Really one of the big issues when I talked to prospective voters was education,” he said. “I got an earful of some of the needs. I want to have a really good working relationship with elected officials.”
As the school board members wait for Election Day to arrive Guthrie is looking forward to visiting schools, talking to voters and finding out the needs of the district.
“I definitely want to be open to what everybody wants to see from an elected official,” he said. “By November we’ll definitely have a good idea of what the needs in the district are.”
Guthrie said he “definitely” wants to expand on “more practical career-ready classes.”
“They (the board) do a really good job with that,” he said. “We’ll just keep expanding it out.”
Guthrie also wants to have good communication with taxpayers.
“I want to be more transparent,” he said. “I want to make sure the process is as transparent as possible so the taxpayers know where their dollars are going.
“A lot of the taxpayers who don’t have kids in school want to make sure we’re accountable and being the best stewards of their money,” he added. “We want to make sure we can divulge and reveal as much as possible, and be as open as possible.”