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In his eight years on the York County School Board, Robert George said the school division has kept student safe, brought up elementary school reading levels and made strides toward closing the achievement gap.
In his bid for a third term as the District 5 representative, George said he would bring compassionate leadership toward continuing that progress.
“We have tremendous forward momentum right now, and I do not think that it is the best time to turn over the [School] Board,” George said. “We have forward momentum. I want to be part of that. I want to lead that.”
George, 54, a dentist, moved to York County in 1990 and settled his family in Tabb. He decided to run for the School Board in 2007 because he said he saw a need for responsive representation.
“My kids were in the schools and I felt like I needed a school board member who was connected, who I could call and reach when I needed him. Call or email them and they would respond,” George said.
George won the District 5 seat after defeating incumbent Barrent “Barry” Henry by more than 1,000 votes. He ran unopposed for re-election in 2011, but this year, George faces challenger Sean Myatt in the general election.
If re-elected, George said his priorities would include improving compensation for all school division employees; enhancing student safety, especially in light of the recent shooting threat at Tabb High school; lobbying for state funding and improving interactions with the county’s Board of Supervisors.
He said he brings experience to the School Board and previous success improving compensation for teachers following the recession.
“We understand the limitations, yet we still found a way to make that happen, so I think you’ve got to come to the table with some creative ideas and some ways to make things happen,” George said.
George said he does not lead with an iron fist. Rather, he said he takes charge with compassion, asking himself how he would feel or what he would want to happen if he were personally affected by the issue at hand.
In four years, George said he hopes he can say that teacher compensation remains high, students feel more safe, programs are strengthened through state funding and the achievement gap closes in so “every child has an opportunity to excel in the York County School Division.”
George’s challenger, Sean Myatt, did not respond to multiple requests for an interview.