“The education of our children is one of the most important responsibilities we have as a society so that we can pass on the traditions and values of this country,” Shultz wrote in a press release. “Our children and this community have been let down in recent months and we must all stand up and demand more from those who are representing us.
“I understand that we must move past personal politics and focus on ensuring that our school system is seen as an asset as new employers seek to locate their businesses here.”
Shultz served on the board from 2004 to 2010.
“I am a certified teacher in the state of Georgia with a Master’s Degree in Executive Leadership and I am currently pursuing a Doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction from Liberty University,” Shultz said. “Our school system will only be effective and trusted again when we ensure transparency and always focus on doing the right things in the right way.
“My guiding principle will always be the truth…even if that means we have to stand up in front of the community and admit we made a mistake. We have all of the pieces in place to be one of the best systems in the state if we will not get distracted by selfish ambition and personal agendas.
“With your help and support, I look forward to being the kind of leader that leads from the front, defends the truth, protects the innocent and exhibits personal integrity. If you are willing to go on this journey with me again I would love to have your support in the weeks to come.”
Superintendent John Harper said a request for a special election will be made to the Bartow County Board of Elections.