Mark Pettitt, chairman of the Hall County Library System Board of Trustees, announced his intention on Tuesday to run for the Hall County Schools Board of Education this fall.
“We are fortunate and blessed to live in such a wonderful community, and our future is only as good as the state of our public schools,” Pettitt said in a statement to The Times. “Through much prayer and thoughtful discussion with family members and friends, I have decided to offer everything I have to the children of Hall County so that they may receive an even better education than I was fortunate enough to receive.”
Incumbent Brian Sloan, who occupies the Post 2 seat representing South Hall, told The Times last month that he would not seek re-election and instead focus his attention on his duties at Chestnut Mountain Church.
Pettitt is a well-known Republican activist in Hall County who narrowly lost to Sloan in 2014, receiving 49.52 percent of the countywide vote.
Pettitt lives in Chestnut Mountain and works as a supervisor for UPS.
A 2011 graduate of Johnson High School and 2016 graduate of the University of North Georgia, Pettitt is also a former substitute teacher and said he “plans to help strengthen the public schools by working with teachers and parents to find out what works best in each individual classroom.”
“We know that a one-size-fits-all, top-down approach does not work for a 21st century education,” he added. “I will make sure that every child has the opportunity to attend a Hall County charter academy that best meets their unique educational needs.”
Pettitt is also a member of Hall County’s citizen oversight committee for SPLOST, the special purpose local option sales tax that funds public infrastructure projects.
Pettitt said he plans to push for more community involvement at the school board by streaming board meetings online, as well as hosting parent and teacher roundtable discussions.
Additionally, he said he will work to continue expanding programs of choice and charter academies while creating a technically skilled workforce.
“There is a reason Georgia has been named the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business for five years now, and that begins with preparing a skilled labor force,” Pettitt said. “Vocational readiness would be one of my top priorities while serving on the board of education.”
Hall County resident Patrick Anderson, who announced his candidacy for the same school board seat last month, told The Times on Tuesday that he will not run for this position after all.