Baldwin County resident Mike Screws made his announcement to run for the Baldwin County Board of Education District 2 seat, presently held by Harold Simmons.
The Georgia College 1982 alumnus earned his bachelor's degree in management before kicking off the first part of his career operating small businesses. His public service career began while working at the Bill Ireland Youth Development Campus in 1987 as a supervisor at the secure treatment program. After seven years of raising a family, working full time and taking night classes at Georgia College, Screws earned his special education teaching license in 1995.
Screws accepted an instructor position at Central State Hospital’s Education and Work Activity Center. With 12 years of classroom teaching under his belt, Screws is now teaching adult basic education at the Cook & Kidd Building’s Forensic Services.
Screws served on the Midway Elementary School Council for five years, and is a Merit Eagle Badge counselor with Boy Scouts Troop 315, sponsored by First Baptist Church. He has delivered Meals on Wheels for the past six years as well as helped with local soup kitchens and food pantries, and assisted with Habitat for Humanity projects.
If elected, Screws said he will seek for more state and federal funding, grants of every kind, closer budget scrutiny and lower taxes for Baldwin County citizens. He also hopes to be able to launch a music and fine arts academy at Oak Hill Middle School and improve transparency by holding three town hall meetings each school term.
He previously ran for BOE's District 3 seat in 2008, and last year he was in the running to fill the District 3 post as an interim.