Scamihorn poised to be new face on school board
by Lindsay Field
lfield@mdjonline.com
July 18, 2012 12:48 AM | 3055 views | 15 15 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Randy Scamihorn should become a new face on the Cobb School Board next year since he has no Republican challenger and no Democrat qualified.<br>Staff/Laura Moon
Randy Scamihorn should become a new face on the Cobb School Board next year since he has no Republican challenger and no Democrat qualified.
Staff/Laura Moon
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KENNESAW — The Cobb School Board will have at least one new face come January, and it belongs to Randy Scamihorn.

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.”
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debbie fowler
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July 19, 2012
Randy will not only put the kids in the county first, he will give us teachers a new sense of support. He is an honest, hard working man, who has been at all levels of education here in Cobb. Thank you for running Randy, even though you don't represent my school, you represent my county! The citizens of Cobb will benefit from his service on the board.
Edna Crabapple
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July 19, 2012
I have worked with Randy in the past and know that he wants the District's students to succeed and will look closely at spending. That is what we need now. Look forward to having him on the Board
The Observer
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July 18, 2012
I'd vote for him if he is opposed to the balanced calendar. The school year is already too long as is, the kids can't have more of their summers whiped out. Anyway, since the MDJ has thus far neglected to cover this issue, I'll bring it up myself. The mayor has recently been charged with favoritism and misuse of city equipment. He gave an ambulence company a contract because he once worked for them. To the editor: please get an article done on this.
@ OBSERVER
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July 19, 2012
Please don't write anything this convoluted again. Obviously you

missed cogent paragraph writing in school. You only hurt your

cause with this kind of dreck.
Represent
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July 18, 2012
Hopefully, Randy will truly put his ear to the ground in his district

and go with a calendar that serves the needs of most of his

stakeholders. On this issue his representation should truly speak

for the majority (of actual stakeholders) in his district. No new

board member should go in with a specific calendar preference

unless he or she has truly vetted the options prior to election.

Knowing Randy, it is likely he will talk to many parents, teachers,

students and administrators on this issue before the election.
Randy, please let us
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July 18, 2012
know, what is your position on the calendar? It is the main issue I base my vote upon
Are you kidding?
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July 18, 2012
You are a single issue voter and it is based on when a kid starts school????!!!

I sincerely hope you don't have children. What a loser.
West Cobb Resident
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July 19, 2012
What happens WHEN your child is in school is way more important than WHEN your child begins the school year. I will never understand the calendar people's arguments about this. Just does not make logical sense. So much emotional energy has been spent on this issue, and for so little gain/loss.
Brad Finch
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July 19, 2012
Really? The start date is what is going to drive your vote, not what his fiscal or education stance is? You obviously do not care about the important things and just when you can take some vacation
fresh idea
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July 18, 2012
Randy seems to have his head screwed on straight. Let's just hope

he gets in there and works for the students, teachers and parents

without giving in to the same old platitudes and petty bickering

of the current board and the two previous to it. We need someone

who knows how to tweak the system in favor of its real stakeholders; something the boards of the last 12 years have

been clueless about. We do need a quick turnaround to salvage

what was once an effective and progressive school system.

Darnell and Scamihorn could be important building blocks in

the repair of the structure.
Good News
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July 18, 2012
If you don't know Randy Scamihorn, he is a down to earth, humble guy with the utmost integrity and character. He has served Cobb as a teacher and adminsitrator and is an excellent people person. He is a leader of wisdom and common sense and everyone who works around him is a better person for it. May he be influential in many ways and at many levels. Good news to hear about his presence on the board.
re: good news
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July 18, 2012
I agree, "Good News". Randy is all you described and more. Most importantly, he isn't driven by ego.
re: Good News 2
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July 18, 2012
I totally agree with your comments regarding Randy Scamihorn! I am hoping that after he is elected that he can help our dysfunctional school board come up with real solutions with regards to our budget and address the increases in class sizes while raising student achievement.
anonymous
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July 19, 2012
I too have known Randy for years. Everything being said about him here is true. What is equally true is that Randy is a follower, not a leader. The question isn't IF he will be co-opted, but by whom?

The children and education system are facing very serious issues. The calendar is a ridiculous issue.

I hope he spends the next several months before he takes office studying and preparing.

@ Anonymous
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July 19, 2012
Here's hoping that Randy will prove you way wrong on your 2nd

comment. Time will prove or disprove your statement about leadership. Remember that nobody expected Truman to be a

leader.
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