Meet MCSB at-large candidates: Kia Chambers and Anthony McCool

Meet MCSB at-large candidates: Kia Chambers and Anthony McCool
(Source: WTVM)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Kia Chambers has recently served the past four years as the at-large representative on the Muscogee County School Board and she says she wants four more.

"I will continue to push for excellence in education, I will continue to bring my unique skill set to the table, and use them to the best of my ability for one goal. that goal is to ensure that all students in the Muscogee County School District and excellent education," said  Chambers.

She is facing a new opponent. Anthony McCool is up for the at-large seat and he said he's ready to get the job done and feels like he's perfectly qualified.

"My involvement with the school system being a substitute teacher for two years, coached in the school, having been the past PTO president, treasurer for two years, and being president for three years, I understand some of the needs and wants our parents have. The only want one thing, and that's a good education for their kids, "said McCool.

The incumbent is facing some questions this time around about where her children went to school.

"I found out and was confirmed that my opponent had her child in a private school in our district. I was insulted," said  McCool.

This is a charge that Chambers is defending.

"I think that it's important to understand that I have three children and they all have experienced both public schools and private school and not just private school. They all have been in some type of religious institution. For our family, that's important to us that we put God first," said Chambers.

When it comes to kids, both candidates said they have some ideas that will improve our schools.

"I spent nine years in the United States Air Force and served my country. I didn't go to college immediately, but I do come with a business background, I've been in business. I've worked at large companies, so I bring some management skills, leadership skills, and fresh ideas," said McCool said.

"I want to make sure we are preparing our students well so I'm going to have an increased focus on career and technical education because I believe that the jobs of the future are going to require a technical skill set. The last thing I want to focus on is being fiscally responsible," said Chambers

We'll see who "passes the voters' test" on Tuesday, May 22.

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