James “Jim” Johns
Reason for running:
I believe that I would bring a business approach to the board. With my experience owning a business, my involvement with non-profit organizations, and being a member of several boards I would bring to the table years of experience in board procedures and problem solving experience.
I believe there needs to be an infusion of new people who bring different experiences and fresh perspectives required to make necessary decisions and changes. Decisions that are vital for leading our schools forward. I will do this, I will listen and will make those tough decisions, making our schools a real place of learning and where parents want their children to learn and teachers have the necessary resources and technology to provide the very best education available in a safe, secure environment. I will strive to ensure that our school system is financially sound that we are fiscally responsible for its assets.
Top three priorities if elected:
1. Help restore respect and confidence in the school board by being a team player.
2. Listen to the teachers, parents and other board members so I can help make the school system a better place to learn.
3. Ensure that District 4 is being represented to the board on their issues by informing the district through various platforms with honesty and candid answers.
Born and Raised in Jacksonville, Fla. Retired U.S. Army first sergeant, attended City Colleges of Chicago. Owned and operated Sign Concepts, Inc. in Liberty County for more than 18 years. Past CEO (volunteer) of Alee Shriners, Shriners International, current CFO (volunteer) Alee Shriners, Shriners International, Savannah, current general secretary (appointment) Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Savannah. I have been married to the former Rhonda (Cheri) Groover for 43 years. I have two children who attended Liberty County schools and have one granddaughter attending Liberty County Schools. I am a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and member of the American Legion. I attend various churches in Liberty County.