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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Nicholson Throws Hat In Ring For Rock Hill School Board Seat


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                          Tuesday, July 6, 2010

CONTACT:                                                                                        Jeff Nicholson, (803) 329-3571

Nicholson to seek open Rock Hill 3 school board seat

Jeff Nicholson has announced his intention to run for the Rock Hill School District Three Board of Trustees in the November 2 general election.

Nicholson, 51, will seek the Board’s District 2 seat being vacated by Dr. Jason Silverman.

A 35-year resident of Rock Hill, Nicholson will run on a platform to give public school parents and the community “a greater feeling of ownership and pride” in their local schools.

“I believe we really need to work together to help rebuild a sense of trust in our school district, particularly where it comes to school funding,” Nicholson said. “We can’t do that effectively from the top down. We have to do it from the grassroots in our communities.

“Public education in our state is facing budgetary issues like it has never seen before, and the same applies here in our district. We must reach out to our community for understanding and assistance if we want to provide Rock Hill’s students the resources they need to be successful.

“I believe my track record in our local schools and working with a wide variety of community members and education leaders can assist our district in doing just that,” Nicholson said.

Nicholson has been active in supporting Rock Hill District Three schools as a parent and community member, and is the recipient of several district and state-level school volunteer awards. Named a State Advocate of the Year in 2005 by the S.C. School Improvement Council (SC-SIC), he currently serves as Immediate Past Chair of the SC-SIC State Board.

He has been an involved volunteer with numerous groups at South Pointe High School, including the School Improvement Council, Athletic Department, After Prom, and Drama Club.

A 1977 graduate of Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, Nicholson holds the Associates Degree in Engineering Technology from York Technical College. He is employed as an estimator with Laboratory Design & Equipment, Inc. in Fort Mill.

Nicholson and his wife, Shirley, have one daughter, Katie, a graduate of South Pointe High currently attending the Savannah (GA) College of Art and Design. The Nicholson’s are members of Philadelphia United Methodist Church in Fort Mill.

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