|Board member, Greenville County School District, District 24|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
Jeff Dishner is a candidate for the District 24 seat on the Greenville County School Board in South Carolina. He is running against fellow challenger Derek Lewis in the general election on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Megan Hickerson did not file for re-election.
The November 4, 2014, general election in Greenville County School District features six seats up for election. The incumbents in Districts 18, 20, 22 and 26 are all seeking re-election and running unopposed. They are Patrick Sudduth, Charles Saylors, Lynda Leventis-Wells and Roger Meek, respectively. In District 28, incumbent Lisa Hannah Wells will face one challenger, Steven Watterson. Newcomers Jeff Dishner and Derek Lewis will compete for the District 24 seat, since incumbent Megan Hickerson did not file for re-election.
Candidates were required to file a quarterly finance report with the South Carolina State Ethics Commission for the November general election by October 10, 2014. This report covers the period of July 1, 2014, through September 30, 2014. Candidates are also required to file a pre-election report no later than 15 days prior to the election. A final report is due after the campaign has closed. Candidates for local school boards may not accept more than $1,000 from individuals and $5,000 from political parties.
Dishner had not received any endorsements as of October 20, 2014.
What's at stake?
Issues in the district
Size and academic prowess
In addition to being the largest school district in South Carolina, Greenville County School District is also one of its highest-performing. The district has received National Accreditation status from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, 13 National Blue Ribbon Schools and 28 PTA National Schools of Excellence. The district is also a leader in school choice, with 15 percent of students in the district attending schools based on their preference and individual academic needs. Over 600 teachers in the district are National Board Certified Teachers, which is more than 24 states have in total.
2013 American Humanist Association dispute
In 2013, the American Humanist Association (AHA) filed a formal complaint against Greenville County School District for its use of a church for the 5th-grade Mountain View Elementary's graduation ceremony, in addition to listing a prayer on the program. The complaint, allegedly filed on behalf of a district student, said that the district violated separation of church and state laws. Federal court Judge G. Ross Anderson, Jr. denied the request, stating that the organization had "no basis for the injunction." The judge was criticized for saying that the AHA shouldn't "file unless you have proof" and stating that "this is what you call making a mountain out of a mole hill." Ultimately the school was able to retain its plans for the church-held graduation.
About the districtGreenville County, South Carolina. The county seat of Greenville County is Greenville. Greenville County is home to 451,225 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau. In the 2011-2012 school year, Greenville County School District was the largest school district in South Carolina and served 72,153 students.
Greenville County overperformed in comparison to the rest of South Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 30.9 percent of Greenville County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 24.6 percent for South Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Greenville County was $48,438 compared to $44,623 for the state of South Carolina. The poverty rate in Greenville County was 15.2 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.
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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
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- South Carolina State Election Commission, "2012 Candidates," accessed April 25, 2012
- Greenville County Economic Development, "Greenville County Schools," accessed August 19, 2014
- WSPA, "Greenville County School Prayer Dispute In Federal Court," December 17, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Greenville County, South Carolina," accessed July 28, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed July 28, 2014
- South Carolina State Election Commission, "Election Results," accessed August 19, 2014
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|2014 Greenville County School District Elections|
|Greenville County, South Carolina|
|Election date:||November 4, 2014|
|Candidates:||District 18: • Incumbent, Patrick Sudduth |
District 28: • Incumbent, Lisa Hannah Wells • Steven Watterson
|Important information:||What's at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|