The Greenville City Council is considering three applicants vying for the appointment of trustee to the Greenville Public School Board for a five year term beginning March 1.
At Tuesday’s regular council meeting, Shirley Cartlidge who currently holds the seat, Dr. Oliver Johnson and Aubrey Thomas Jr. each addressed the council on why they should be considered for the role.
Cartlidge, a long-time former educator, cited her passion for education as well as her commitment and diligence when it comes to her service as a trustee.
She has served on the GPS Board of Trustees for six years.
“I am willing to continue to do whatever is needed, student learning is my priority,” she told the council. “I like to make decisions for students based on what I would do for my child.”
Johnson, who is also a former educator, said to the council, “I want to be a voice for our students as well as our teachers.”
He highlighted the impact COVID-19 has had on the Greenville Public School District as well as the community and emphasized the importance of making sure everything is being done to ensure students are getting the education they need and deserve.
Johnson also pointed out students’ need for relatable authority figures.
“I feel as being a part of this board of trustees, I provide that opportunity as well as ensuring that our district stays within budget and approves things for the betterment of our school district,” he added.
Thomas informed the council that over the last three years, he has had several conversations with parents, teachers and educators about some of the problems and challenges they have in the district.
“For the past 15 years I have served in the capacity of public service for different individuals,” he said, adding that it has been his desire over the past few years to make a difference.
Thomas went on to say that he would bring to the GPS Board of Trustees diligence, resilience, good communication and the ability to get along with others.
“You wouldn’t have any regrets,” he told the council.
Councilwoman Tasha Banks inquired of Thomas’ professional resume.
He shared that he is the owner of a trucking company and has spent 13 years in finance.
Mayor Errick Simmons said he and council would proceed accordingly with their considerations.
A vote of the city council for the appointment of GPS board trustee will likely take place during the council’s next regular meeting on Feb. 16.