• Thursday, November 22, 2012

Dear Editor,

We extend our heartfelt thanks to our community for supporting the recent school improvement initiative.  You saw our needs and were willing to make a sacrifice for children.  We will begin immediately to obtain the best resources at a reasonable price, keep you posted on the process, and will be accountable at every step.
The collaborative aspect of this campaign was unprecedented.  Many elected officials enthusiastically jumped on board and helped spread the message. County Council Chairman Larry Hargett, County Council members Richard Rosebrock and Jay Byars, Mayor Bill Collins, SC House member Jenny Horne, Sen. Mike Rose, Sen. Sean Bennett, Mayor Keith Summey, North Charleston City Council members Ron Brinson and Dwight Stigler not only supported the effort but actively worked to inform voters of our needs.  Organizations that endorsed YES4Schools included the Greater Charleston Chamber of Commerce, the editorial board of the Post and Courier, Dorchester County/Greater Summerville Chamber of Commerce, the Homebuilders Association, Charleston Southern University, and the Charleston Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation. The PTA’s from our schools were instrumental in raising money and volunteering time.  In addition, many community leaders, businessmen, ministers, and citizens took the time to write letters to the editor in support of providing adequate resources for our students.
The YES4Schools committee, a volunteer organization separate from the school district, ran the campaign.  The leaders of YES4Schools, Jan Waring-Woods, Brian Mitchum, Robby Robbins, and Brian Moniz worked tirelessly for three months recruiting volunteers, raising funds and delivering the message.   They found the volunteers who waved signs on election day, went door-to-door, spoke to civic groups, and used their imaginations to make sure everyone in Dorchester District Two was informed.  A special thank you to the Dorchester Two staff for your commitment to excellence and your dedication to students. We can never thank any of you enough!
We are determined to spend your tax dollars within our community whenever we can.  We know that the school improvement initiative is a local effort that should stay as close to home as possible, and we will update the public frequently with our progress.
With deepest gratitude,
Board of Trustees, Dorchester School District Two

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