By Paul Gable
David Cox, a veteran of two terms of service on the Horry County School Board, is seeking to represent a new district in the upcoming general election.
Cox was first elected to the school board by the citizens of District Nine in 2008 and was reelected in 2012.
Recently, however, Cox and his family moved to a new home in District Four.
“We took advantage of an opportunity to purchase property at a good price,” said Cox. “I expected to complete my second term and that would be all I would serve.”
After Kay Loftus, the school board member for District Four, passed away several months ago, Cox decided to run for the vacant seat.
“I felt I could bring my experience to the citizens as District Four goes through some significant changes in the next several years,” said Cox. “Four of the five new schools we recently contracted to build will be in District Four.”
Currently serving as Vice Chairman of the school board, Cox listed several of the initiatives he is proud of over his two terms of service:
- Lowered the tax millage rate by 18 mils
- Continuing improvement SAT and ACT scores among high school students
- Implemented Professional Device 4 Learning for students Grade 3 and up
- Continuing increase of college scholarship money earned by Horry County high school seniors ($67 million total by 2015 Horry County Schools graduates)
The Professional Device 4 Learning initiative gives each child their own I Pod linked to a central I Pod so the teacher can monitor the work of each individual child.
“I believe it gives every student a level playing field by allowing each student to learn at his or her own pace,” said Cox. “We all know that no two students learn in exactly the same way. This allows each student to learn at their own pace, yet still reach the final learning goals for the year.”
“I am proud of my eight years of service on the school board and hope the citizens of District Four will vote to allow me to continue to bring my experience to board decisions for the benefit of all the students in Horry County,” Cox said.
Cox in running for the Horry County School Board District Four Republican nomination. The primary election will take place June 14, 2016 with primary runoffs, if necessary, June 28, 2016. The Republican nominee will meet a Democratic candidate in the November 8, 2016 general election.