Scamihorn is the only Republican to have qualified to run for the Post 1 seat, now held by Lynnda Eagle, who is not seeking re-election. No Democrat qualified for the seat, which represents northwest Cobb and includes Allatoona, Kennesaw Mountain and North Cobb high schools, so Scamihorn will likely take the seat in January.
But Scamihorn, 62, is not taking it easy.
“I’ve got my business cards and push cards and when I’m out and about, I try to let people know that ‘I’m running for the school board Post 1. I would love to have your support and please vote for me,’” he said. “I’m not a superstitious person, but why take a chance?”
Scamihorn, a retired military officer and educator, has lived in Cobb County since 1978 and said he has been considering running for school board for the last 10 years.
“I grew up really poor and came from a broken home … I’ve been very lucky and fortunate to have people help me along the way, either a teacher, neighbor or businessman give me advice,” he said. “I have a strong desire to give back, and I want to do well, I hope to do well.”
As far as where Scamihorn stands on the issues, he said he believes a revised Strategic Plan should be an improvement over the existing one and that charter schools are good — but only if they are revenue neutral — because they bring competition to the school systems.
The new Strategic Plan, he said, “appears to have greater stakeholder involvement than the previous plan.” The school board is set to approve parts of the new plan, including the core values, mission, vision and goals of the district, on Thursday night.
In regard to the charter schools amendment that will be on statewide ballots Nov. 6, Scamihorn said local districts must realize that the world is extremely competitive, therefore, if a charter school isn’t financially hurting the district, the board should be receptive to providing the best education for kids.
“Having said that, I believe any alternative educational system should be revenue neutral,” he said. “Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case with many of the charter schools opening up around Georgia.”