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Perime­ter Col­lege.

“I de­cided to run, mainly be­cause I have two small chil­dren and I have been think­ing about run­ning way be­fore the bud­get cuts were an­nounced in the county,” she said. “I want to be proud to say that my chil­dren are part of the Newton County School Sys­tem.”

Con­sue­gra grad­u­ated from Newton High School in 1999 and went on to Young Har­ris Col­lege on a softball schol­ar­ship be­fore trans­fer­ring to the Uni­ver­sity of West Ge­or­gia where she re­ceived her bach­e­lor’s de­gree in bi­ol­ogy and sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion. From there she earned a mas­ter’s de­gree in ex­er­cise sci­ence from the Uni­ver­sity of Ge­or­gia in 2006. She be­lieves her ed­u­ca­tor’s back­ground is needed on the school board.

“I think the Newton County School Sys­tem can ben­e­fit from hav­ing a teacher on the board,” she said. “…I think that this po­si­tion is more than just late-night meet­ings. I have the time to de­vote to this po­si­tion and my small chil­dren are the rea­son I am do­ing this. If I have to give up a few bed­times in or­der to en­sure they have a qual­ity school sys­tem, I am will­ing to do that.”

Con­sue­gra be­lieves that the board’s biggest con­cern should be stu­dent well-be­ing and achieve­ment, fol­lowed closed by fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“I do not per­son­ally see our fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion as a nation get­ting bet­ter as soon as we need it to,” she said. “We must keep not only our stu­dents but our teach­ers’ best in­ter­est in mind as well.”

She urged par­ents to con­tact her at pamela­con­sue­ with ques­tions or con­cerns and said that she wanted par­ents to know that their in­volve­ments in ed­u­ca­tion were cru­cial and that not only prin­ci­pals and teach­ers would wel­come their in­put, but board mem­bers would as well.

“I want to be an open door for our district,” she said. “As one per­son I can’t see the en­tire county so I am go­ing to be re­liant upon my district so that I know their con­cerns and can then take those to the board and hope­fully find a so­lu­tion to the prob­lem.”

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