Dr. Carolyn Williamson, the incumbent Long County Board of Education District 2 member, will face challenger Arthur Davis in a nonpartisan race on the May 24 general primary ballot.
Williamson’s parents are the late Paul and Elaine Williamson of Ludowici. She has one sister, two brothers, two grandsons and one great-granddaughter.
Williamson was in the Long County School System from first through 12th grades and graduated from Long County High School in 1968.
She attended Armstrong State University and received a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Williamson is a graduate student at Georgia Southern University, where she earned the following degrees: master’s in early childhood education, an administration and leadership endorsement to her master’s degree, an educational specialist degree in administration and doctorate in administration and leadership.
She has 34 years of experience with the Long County Board of Education. She worked as the secretary for the federal program director, served as the federal program director and alternative school director and taught second grade and physical education.
If re-elected, Williamson said, she wants to increase the number of teachers at each school to cut class sizes, revise bus routes, update maintenance facilities, implement additional instructional programs for students and improve accountability regarding budget actions.
She also wants to monitor the expenditures of local, state and federal tax dollars. Williamson said she will ensure that the school system continues to be in compliance with the Georgia Department of Education and federal government.
She believes that addressing these issues is important to providing students with quality education.
Williamson wants voters to know that she challenges herself and other board members to treat people with respect and fairness.
“I am determined to do the best I can to support the Long County School System,” she said. “The Long County School System has served me very well, and I would consider it a privilege to return that service to all the citizens of Long County. I embrace the opportunity to be ‘a voice’ for the citizens of District 2. I will do everything within my power to ensure all students, regardless of intellectual ability, are provided equal opportunities to excel and to become successful and productive citizens.”
Davis was sent questions about his candidacy, but responses were not received by press time, despite several attempts by the Coastal Courier to contact him.