Patrick Anderson has announced that he will run for the Post 2 seat on the Hall County Board of Education this fall.
Anderson told The Times in an email that he had corresponded with Sloan in recent weeks and met him personally at a board of education meeting last Monday.
“I’m very excited to run for the South Hall school board position, especially after attending the meeting and seeing what a great leadership team we have in Superintendent (Will) Schofield and the board,” Anderson said.
Anderson said he wants to see schools do a better job teaching students about healthy living habits, life skills, job hunting and relationship challenges and preparing young men and women for life’s little but important responsibilities, like living on a budget, saving money, understanding insurance options and building credit.
“Personally, my passion for education is to prepare students for success after high school with life and job skills,” he said. “One thing that is missing everywhere, I think, is that we just teach to the test or textbook and not to real life.”
Anderson received a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Georgia, has worked as an accounting manager at Cargill, an accountant at Anderson Physical Therapy where his wife practices, and currently serves as a controller for KIK Custom Products. He is married with two teenage children.
“Young people often tune out their parents’ advice, but my kids still talk about their teacher who told them about IRAs and compound interest, and the football trainer who told them about health care careers,” Anderson said. “Teachers are a huge influence on their students whether they know it or not. I’d like to be a part of that, and so I am running for the board of education position.”