Boardmember recently announced that he wouldn't be running as a candidate for his seat in the November election.
Bartholomew wants to make sure that the community knows his seat is open and hopes for a good race in November.
"This is a time that kind of slips by under the radar for the general public," he said. "I feel it's important for people to know that they only have a small window of time remaining to get into the race if they're interested in making a difference."
The candidate filing period began July 16 and goes until August 10 at 5 p.m., or August 15, if the incumbent doesn't file. A candidate filing guide is available from the County.
"I think our community deserves a good pool of candidates to choose from for our local offices," said Bartholomew.
One Santee City Council seat and the position of Mayor as well, and both incumbents have indicated their intent to run.
Here's a short Q&A with Bartholomew:
Q: Why have you decided not to run?
A: I won't be running again because I think it's time for somebody else in the community to have the chance to participate. With only eight years I feel like I've overstayed my welcome, as I've always believed that these locally elected positions should rotate and reflect the changing complexion of our citizenry. People with different values, perspectives, and ideas... "new blood" if you will, will only make the District stronger. On the personal side, I came into the District as a parent and my boys are now both gone from the District. I'd like to spend some time with my boys and to focus more on outside interests such as . Probably most important, it's time to spend some time with my beautiful wife who has been so supportive and patient.
Q: What are you most proud of in your time as part of the board?
A: I'd say the thing I'm proudest of is the face-lift the . Right behind that is the strong sense of fiscal responsibility in our School District; many Districts are struggling to stay afloat financially but the and made hard decisions about spending and programs. In the end, we've been able to keep our staff whole and offer a quality program... that's a testament to all of the District employees.
Q: Do you have any other comments on your time as a Santee School Board member?
A: My Board colleagues are all fantastic individuals, the community is very fortunate to have them in these elected positions. Despite their philosophical differences, they know when to put disagreements aside and compromise for the benefit of kids. In that respect they are a very strong working body, because they're motivation comes from a place of caring and consideration for people.
The two Superintendents who have been in the District during my time have both been role models for me. Dr. Lis Johnson and Dr. Pat Shaw led our schools competently and with distinction and taught me so much about what it means to be a professional. I'll be forever indebted to them.