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School Board candidates want more for South Albany

August 16, 2002

Candidates running for the District Two School Board seat in Dougherty County want something better for South Albany. But, incumbent Milton "June Bug" Griffin and newcomer Evelyn Willis have different ideas of how to meet the needs of South Albany families.

Evelyn Willis is new to local politics. But, the retired Bobs Candies machine operator says she just has to listen to her grandchildren to know what's going on. Willis says, "They would like to see more patrolling around schools. They're are too many young dropouts that hang around campus selling drugs to children."

Willis says that most people she talks to complain there is not enough for kids to do in South Albany after school, "An idle mind of a child is a terrible thing, its like a deadly weapon." And she thinks more after school programs are needed. Willis says, "Mom and dad can't take care of kids 24-7 because do have to work, and if we had some type of program our children can go to, this would help cultivate their minds."

Milton Griffin says, "We need to get parents involved and working with the kids after school. That will help us more than anything." Milton Griffin, known as "June Bug" to his friends, says he is looking at a new way to run school buses a little later, "A lot of complaints about getting up early for the bus. We are working in bringing a HUD program so kids can sleep late."

Griffin says says that the last two years have been a learning experience, "I was kind of quiet when I first went there, because I didn't know, but I've got something I can really share with people."

Milton "June Bug" Griffin says the bus program would be similar to one in Tampa Florida. Evelyn Willis says she also wants to build shelters at the school bus stops for children to use on rainy and cold days.