By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor
Cheryl Bland, a teacher with Head Start in Madison, has announced her intention to run against incumbent Erica Veasley to become the District 1 Board of Education representative. Bland, running as a democratic, has lived in Morgan County for over 11 years and is a fourth generation educator. “I felt that as both an educator and a parent of a student in the Morgan County School System, as well as a concerned citizen, that I could lend my expertise and experience. I see it from both a parental side and administrative side, and a plain old voter side. I feel I have a lot to offer,” said Bland. Bland worked as a guidance counselor at Morgan County Middle School for over seven years. She has been ‘teacher at large’ for Twiggs County, recruiting special needs students for preschool, and taught in a Christian School. She retired from the public school system in 2013 before becoming a full-time teacher at Head Start in Madison. Cheryl Bland waa a guidance counselor at middle schools for over seven years.
Bland was born and raised in Jones County, and graduated from Jones County High School. She earned her degree in Special Education and Early Childhood Education from Georgia Southern. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree from Fort Valley State University in School Counseling. She received additional certifications from Georgia College and Georgia State and earned an advanced degree from Troy State University in School Counseling. If Bland is elected, one of her goals is to bring more diversity into the school system. “I am concerned about the lack of minority teachers in the Morgan County School System, as well as the changes that are occurring with the closing and replacement of the middle school,” explained Bland. “I am very concerned about the community that the closing of the building will leave a void in…My goals are to make the transition from Pearl Street to the new facilities very smooth and as seamless as possible, to open up the dialogue between the members of the district and the school board, and I would like to hold regular town meetings to let people know what’s going on in the community.” Bland urged voters to vote for her in this upcoming election. “I feel like I know the community and the community knows me…I can work with anybody. I know how to come to consensus with people, I know how to disagree without being disagreeable…I am experienced, I am vested, and I am available. I am willing to listen and I am ready to work. I feel that there is a place for all of us on the team in Morgan County. We are truly One Morgan.”