John Wells announces campaign for reelection to MCSB, District 2 - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

John Wells announces campaign for reelection to MCSB, District 2

Posted: Updated:
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

John Wells announced in a press conference this morning, Feb. 27, that he is running for reelection to District 2 for the Muscogee County School Board (MCSB).

Wells is currently the senior member of the MCSB, and says he has served in all of the positions on the Board. He has been president, and has now been Chairman of the Finance Committee for the past 17 years.

"I see every year, for the past several years, in this really austere economy that we've got, cuts from the state to the local school system," says Wells. "Over the past 10 years, there have been no less than $140 million that has been cut from the budget."

He says MCSB is still projecting $10 to $14 million this year, making the 2015 budget about the same as it was 12 years ago, in 2002.  

In spite of this strain in financial resources, Wells says the school board plans to continue to give the teachers the $2,500 supplement to their annual state pay. He also says the Board is budgeting so that teachers do not have to take furlough days this year.

Wells addressed the process of hiring the new Superintendent, David Lewis, citing public and media concerns that the process took too long and used too many resources. "We were not looking for a superintendent," says Wells. "We were looking for the Superintendent."

Wells says he really likes Lewis, and will support him in his efforts.

When asked about Frank Myers' announcement to run for the District 8 seat, Wells responded, "He is not my opponent. My father told me a long time ago, ‘Don't get in anybody else's race, and you'll be better off in yours.'"

Pastor Paul Voorhees opened the press conference in prayer, and former Columbus mayor Bob Poydasheff gave the introduction.

Copyright 2014 WTVM. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
    31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >>
  • Two injured Omega Protein plant workers speak out

    Two injured Omega Protein plant workers speak out

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:17:11 GMT
    Two of the men injured in the Omega Protein explosion on Monday are speaking out about the deadly blast. In an exclusive interview with WLOX, the men describe what happened, and how they survived.More >>
    Two of the men injured in the Omega Protein explosion on Monday are speaking out about the deadly blast. In an exclusive interview with WLOX News, the men describe what happened that day, and how they survived.More >>
  • Hundreds of mourners celebrate life of Ja-Naya Thompson

    Hundreds of mourners celebrate life of Ja-Naya Thompson

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-07-23 10:54:08 GMT
    As Ja-Naya Thompson's short life was celebrated, there were a lot of tears and hugs as hundreds of people paid their respects during the visitation and the funeral service.More >>
    As Ja-Naya Thompson's short life was celebrated, there were a lot of tears and hugs as hundreds of people paid their respects during the visitation and the funeral service. People told me they went to Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church for two reasons, to mourn the loss of five year old Ja-Naya and to show support to the parents who must now face life without their beloved child.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.