Amanda E. Nixon

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Amanda E. Nixon
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Board member, Forsyth County Board of Education, District 1
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 20, 2014
Term limitsN/A
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Amanda E. Nixon was a Republican candidate for the District 1 seat on the Forsyth County Board of Education in Georgia. She lost election against incumbent Ann K. Crow in the Republican primary election on May 20, 2014.


Nixon and her husband, Sean, have one child currently attending district schools.[1]



See also: Forsyth County Schools elections (2014)


Amanda E. Nixon ran against Ann K. Crow and Theodore Weiss in the Republican primary election on May 20, 2014.


Forsyth County Schools, District 1 Republican Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAnn K. Crow Incumbent 55.7% 2,004
     Republican Amanda E. Nixon 22.3% 802
     Republican Theodore Weiss 22% 792
Total Votes 3,598
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "OFFICIAL COUNTY RESULTS," May 20, 2014


Nixon reported no contributions or expenditures with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.


Nixon did not receive any official endorsements in this election.

Campaign themes


Nixon's campaign website listed her themes for the 2014 campaign:


Teachers must have the right tools to help our children succeed and are often asked to "do more with less." Teachers and students need to be equipped with a combination of technology (electronic media through BYOT) and traditional learning materials/equipment (text books, lab materials, etc .). Amanda will work with community partners, non-profits and PTA's to make sure that all Forsyth County teachers have the tools to provide enriching educational experiences.

Teachers must have the right training to provide the best education possible, Amanda will work with the school administrators to make sure that the training provided addresses the specific needs of each school.


Opportunities for individualized learning and enrichment are key to each educational experience. Our children deserve every opportunity to grow and flourish throughout their school career.

We need to make sure that we work even harder in the following areas of concentration: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), DECA, CTAE. We need to continue enhancing our charter academy, recognizing that a non-traditional pathway of learning can lead to a great life of accomplishment for a struggling student.

Georgia suffers a major skills gap in skilled labor and the areas of greatest need are in the Engineering, IT, and Health Sciences. Forsyth Central boasts the first STEM academy in the county, while the program is open to all 9th-12th grade students we need more STEM academies throughout the county. It is Amanda's hope that we can increase the STEM program to all high-shcools. These programs are contingent on innovative public-private partnerships like the Siemens Pilot Project at South Forsyth. These partnerships are imperative to training our students for success.


A school system is only as good as the teachers that educate the children. Amanda will work with administrative staff to make sure that we recruit the best and the brightest teachers. We need to make sure that we retain the teachers that work the hardest for our students and incentivize those teachers.

Growth is another issue that concerns parents. How do we handle growth responsibly without compromising on the quality of education? Amanda will work diligently with our local legislative delegation and county government in order to achieve the best outcomes for transportation and school enrollment/capacity issues.

Amanda will also work hard to protect taxpayers, making sure we continue to spend our money wisely and utilize technology for cost saving measures.


How do we rate success? Amanda believes in a locally controlled curriculum based on the standards that we feel as a community are most important. We need to empower teachers to tweak the curriculum to serve their specific classes. Success should not be based on measured by standards alone but measured by life application. It is important the students value their education and eventually their diploma by giving students meaningful experiences. Success can then be measured by continual high graduation rates, college/technical college graduation rates and those entering into the skillfully trained workforce.

We are one of the top school systems in the State of Georgia although nationally we are not even in the top 25%. We can do better! Amanda will see to it that Forsyth County competes on a National level but on a Global scale as well.


—Amanda E. Nixon's campaign website, (2014), [3]

About the district

See also: Forsyth County Schools, Georgia
Forsyth County Schools is located in Forsyth County, Georgia
Forsyth County Schools is located in Forsyth County, Georgia. The county seat of Forsyth County is Cumming, Georgia. Forsyth County is home to 195,405 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4] Forsyth County Schools is the ninth-largest school district in Georgia, serving 37,262 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[5]


Forsyth County outperformed the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 43.3 percent of Forsyth County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 27.8 percent for Georgia as a whole. The median household income in Forsyth County was $87,585 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Forsyth County was 6.7 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Forsyth County (%) Georgia (%)
White 87.5 62.8
Black or African American 3.1 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 7.4 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.4 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 9.6 9.2

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[6]

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