Hollowell is ‘obvious choice for school board’

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I would like to encourage you to vote in the Georgia primary elections that will be held on July 31. Early voting is currently underway.

I specifically would like to encourage you to vote for Scott Hollowell who is running in the Republican primary for school board.

I have known Scott for several years and know that he has many qualities that make him the right person to make the right decisions for Fayette County Schools.

Among his experiences that make Scott Hollowell the obvious choice for school board are:

• Supports public schools — his children attend Kedron Elementary, active in PTO, family volunteers in various programs at Kedron, sponsor of school-wide events—his experience and familiarity with public schools will be assets when making decisions

• Attends board meetings — during past 3 years, has attended most board meetings which gives him an important historical perspective of important issues facing Fayette County Schools

• Works as a financial advisor in Fayette County — financial issues are the greatest challenge to Fayette County schools; Scott has real world financial experience that will be an extremely valuable asset to the school board as it makes tough decisions for challenging and changing times

Having worked in Fayette County Schools for almost twenty years as a teacher at Burch Elementary and as principal of Kedron Elementary, I know that the school board has difficult decisions to make regarding finances and preserving the excellent quality of education of which we are all so proud. Education of our children is our hope for the future. I know Scott Hollowell will work tirelessly to give this hope to all students in Fayette County.

Mary Margaret Bivings

Peachtree City, Ga.

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I would vote for him if I

I would vote for him if I knew he is to make a difference for the local schools. I hear that the also has an interesting position on online degree opportunities, I salute that.

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Seriously.....is this relevant?

Today, in a post here, I spelled out the issues that motivated me to endorse, support and vote for Dr Marchman. Then tonight, I get a phone call from a friend who saw a reply to my post referencing my credentials!
....I am not running for school board. I did not claim anything about my skills or lack thereof. All I said was that I put my faith in the best qualified candidate that IS running. And I tried to point out what those qualifications are.

What do MY credentials have to do with anything?

Although, I must say that I was honored to know that some folks appreciate the difference levels of expertise in my industry, this type of "attack the messenger" tactic is exactly the reason that so many folks are fed up with the political system. Try to have a discussion of the issues, and someone attacks you, especially when they cannot refute the facts......

Seriously........

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Fayette BOE can't afford amateur

Several of us in the Fayette business community approached Dr Marchman and asked him to consider running. Having spent considerable time with Dr Tolbert prior to his death in an advisory role related to the school board budget. ( Dr Tolbert was an awesome man, giving his time and talent to the end, and our county suffers with his passing. ) It became apparent to me at that time, (spending hours reviewing the budget and current accounting procedures) that the existing board lacks the talent or skills necessary to get us out of our current financial mess.
Having been privy to the numbers, I believe that we have reached a critical point where we cannot afford an amateur in finance to learn on the job. I don’t care if Dr Marchman has children, has 7 children, has all his kids in private school or .....whatever! Dr Marchman has the education, the experience and knowledge in Finance second to NONE.
I want someone who has NO allegiance to a particular teacher, school or line item, who is capable of weeding thru the numbers; who is willing to make the decisions that will get our system financially healthy and restore the faith in our school board. I want someone who will work on behalf of the folks who pay the bills, regardless of their use of the system, yet who will keep Fayette County Schools an attraction for newcomers.
Dr Marchman teaches the product of our school system, for those who work hard enough to get into a school like Georgia Tech. I think he understands how important a good education is to success in life. But what he really gets is how important it is to work within a budget that keeps the whole show around for the next generation.

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Gene Drake paid lobbyist

You do not tell the truth. You never cited the references for the lies you wrote about me.

Your opinion is a paid opinion, not your own.

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A Question

Pat - I don't mean this as an ugly question but aren't you and Scott Hollowell both LPL Financial Advisors? If so, and you don't think his financial expertise is up to the job, what are we to make of the value of your recommendation?

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is this relevant?

Gene....I am not running for school board. I did not claim anything about my skills or lack thereof. All I said was that I put my faith in the best qualified candidate that IS running. What do MY credentials have to do with anything?

Although, I must say that I was honored to know that some folks appreciate the difference in my industry

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Mr. Hinchey

I don't mean this to be a ugly reply but your lack of researching both men as to their credentials would have answered your ugly question. One is gold (mr. Hinchey) and one sells insurance (Mr. Hollowell). Keep trying and you might find a issue that you are on the right side of.

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EFdrakejr...Mr.Hinchey is a CFP

Mr.Hinchey is a CFP aka Certified Financial Planner and has a BS in Economics from George Town University. Mr Hollowell is not a CFP. Hollowell's degrees are a BA in Communications , general( not even Communication Management) from Ohio University and an MA in Journalism UGA.
This has been covered extensively , if you had been paying attention.
..... Pfftt weak.

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there are financial advisors, then there are financial advisors

both are financial advisors....

Mr Henchey graduated Georgetown University in 1978, with a BS Degree in Economics. Need I say more?

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A Question

Pat - I don't mean this as an ugly question but aren't you and Scott Hollowell both LPL Financial Advisors? If so, and you don't think his financial expertise is up to the job, what are we to make of the value of your recommendation?

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Very Well Said, Mr. Hinchey

Thank you so much for saying what needed to be said!

It doesn't matter whether someone has none, one or twenty-one children in the school system. What does matter is the person's ability to pull our school system out of a very deep hole. I've talked with Dr. Marchman several times, and I truly believe he is the person we need to lead our School Board in the right direction.

Also, you are absolutely right when you said, "I want someone who has NO allegiance to a particular teacher, school or line item, who is capable of weeding thru the numbers; who is willing to make the decisions that will get our system financially healthy and restore the faith in our school board."

I think it is a plus that Dr. Marchman doesn't have children enrolled in a Fayette County School. That leaves him objectively free to be a neutral party. Objectivity and sound financial leadership are sorely needed on our School Board!

On behalf of Dr. Sam Tolbert and his family, I would like to say THANK YOU for asking Dr. Marchman to run for a seat on the Board of Education. I know Sam would be greatly pleased with your choice, and he would have SO ENJOYED working with Dr. Marchman!

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Hollowell is NOT the obvious choice for school board

I have to chuckle every time I hear Scott Hollowell talk about his vast financial qualifications. It took me over two weeks of sending him emails again and again asking him what he received his degree in at UGA. He FINALLY replied and told me he received his degree in journalism and communications. Prior to that his BIO did not say anything about his educational background.

A few of my friends did some checking and learned that he previously was essentially a salesman at an Edward Jones franchise in Tyrone and then started his own firm primarily selling insurance and retirement plans.

I attended several events where Mr. Hollowell spoke and. at the beginning; he spoke more about his wife’s extremely impressive background in education.

Scott is a well-spoken affable individual but he is seriously lacking in the field of finance. Nonetheless, he has tried, unsuccessfully in my view, to convince us that he possesses a vast experience and knowledge of the subject.

To me, Scott is a democrat and has been hand picked by BoE members Presburg, Smith and Smola, and School Superintendent Bearden.

To learn more about Hollowell's EXTREMELY LIMITED BACKGROUND IN FINANCE, read Veritas' comments posted under the blog "school board needs Hollowell."

Jim Richter

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Voting for Hollowell

Just returned from voting and Scott Hollowell got my vote. His being involved in his children's schools and attending BOE meetings for 3 years mean a lot to me. He may not have vast experience in finance, but has some - which is better than current board members. Being a college professor of finance is great, but not having any involvement with any school in this county or going to BOE meetings is too much of a negative for me.

Whoever wins this election will have their work cut out for them.

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