Susie Tlacil, 42, announced she would run for Wofford’s seat Friday, and hoped to beat out District 6 hopeful Mike Chapman, who announced his candidacy Jan. 23.
Wofford said last week he would not run for re-election, and instead threw his support behind Chapman.
Tlacil said she has been active in the community as a volunteer sports coach, band booster, substitute teacher, Girl Scout Brownie leader and member of the Great Sky neighborhood community association.
“My husband and I have based our family in Cherokee County and as the next school board member from District 6, I will continue to participate in programs that engage and inspire our children,” Tlacil said in a news release Friday.
Tlacil said she’s lived in Canton for 10 years, and if elected, would advocate for more technical education opportunities for students.
“A one-size-fits-all system does not work for every child,” Tlacil said. “Public education should focus on preparing students for success in the 21st century.”
Tlacil said she and her husband, Mike, an aerospace engineer with Lockheed Martin for more than 15 years, live in the Great Sky neighborhood in Canton.
They have three children, Allie, Amanda and Aaron. Tlacil said Aaron graduated from Cherokee High School in 2011 and is serving in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear engineer.
Her daughters attend Cherokee High School and Georgia Cyber Academy.
Tlacil said technical opportunities may help to improve the district graduation rate.
“From my research, technical education opportunities in many cases engage those students who would otherwise drop out. We cannot lose a student just because they have different life goals than traditional, college-bound students,” Tlacil said.
Tlacil said she credited her kindergarten through 12th-grade experience for her own success, because of her school’s “emphasis on gaining skills for the available jobs which were identified through cooperative partnerships with local businesses.”
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