FAIRFIELD COUNTY — Sylvia Harrison has long been active in the community, especially when it involves education.
She founded a scholarship program to help a student from both Richard Winn Academy and Fairfield Central High School each year. She has participated with the Parent Teacher Organization, and followed the Fairfield County School District’s activities for several years.
This week, Harrison stepped up her involvement when she was sworn into office as the District 1 representative to the school board. The position was previously held by Sylvia’s cousin Andrea Harrison, who tragically lost her battle with cancer in November.
Harrison said that there are some similarities between she and her cousin.
“We both had the same passion for the kids, we both love the children,” she said.
The children and their best interests, she said, will be her primary focus.
She won’t have much time from being sworn in to her first board meeting, which will be next Tuesday. Harrison said that the quick turn around won’t be an issue though.
“I’m going to go in and just see what’s going on, get my feet wet, and help with the process of moving everything forward. I think they’re doing a wonderful job right now,” she said.
Superintendent Dr. J.R. Green, for his part, has noticed Harrison’s involvement and is looking forward to working with her.
“I met her when I initially came to town and she was doing a scholarship program for graduating seniors,” Green said. “She’s always been very supportive and involved. Just talking to school personnel, they also indicated that she has always been very involved and supportive of the school system.”
Green said they share the same goals as well, as they both are interested in the welfare of the students in the district above anything else.
“If you put the focus on doing what you think is best for the children, then you can’t go wrong,” he added.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.