Unopposed McGriff seeks fifth term on school board

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By Jesef Williams

She said she's running for office again because of her love of children.

Charlene McGriff is running unopposed for the District 2 seat on the Lancaster County school board in Tuesday's election.

McGriff, 56, has served on the board 1994. She is seeking her fifth term.

"All my love and energy go toward children," said McGriff, the current board chairwoman. "That's what I do."

McGriff wants to help ensure that everything the board does is for the betterment of the students.

Her concerns include continuing the district's initiative to close the student achievement gap and preparing for an expected shortfall in state funding.

She said she knows items will have to be removed from the district's next budget. She doesn't believe jobs will be cut.

"We're going to do everything we can to keep people in their positions," McGriff said. "It may be programs."

McGriff said the board will have to continue monitoring growth in Indian Land and Buford, and plan building construction and other capital needs projects accordingly.

School safety and teacher retention are also important issues, she said.

"Keeping qualified teachers in the classroom," McGriff said. "I am a supporter of paying teachers good salaries."

McGriff said it's been a challenging, yet rewarding experience serving as board chairwoman, a post she's held since 2006. It's something she's ready to do for another four years.

"I try to be fair, open and honest and put everything on the table," she said. "It's been a good experience."

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152