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Horry County Board of Education District 6 candidates

Blaine Garren

Age | 43

Address | 5727 Downybrook Road, Myrtle Beach

Occupation | Retired, Myrtle Beach Fire Department, and local business owner

Education | Conway High School, Horry-Georgetown Technical College, S.C. Fire Academy, National Fire Academy

Civic and political experience | Vice chairman, Horry County Airport Advisory Committee; chairman, Horry County General Aviation subcommittee

Military | None

E-mail/website | blaine@blainegarren.com; www.blainegarren.com

Question | With an anticipated $17 million shortfall in the 2011-12 budget and no federal funds coming in, what ideas do you have for balancing the school budget next year?

Answer | We need to start working on next year's budget now. Every line item needs to be examined and evaluated to see where cuts can be made without hurting our kids' education. Tough times are already here, and we must be prepared before next year.

Pamela Clardy Timms (i)

Age | 56

Address | 4448 Peachtree Road, Myrtle Beach

Occupation | Activity director, Reflections Assisted Living, Carolina Forest

Education | Myrtle Beach High School (class of 1972), Coastal Carolina University School of Nursing (1973-76)

Civic and political experience | In third term on the board for District 6 (1999-present); chairman, St. Andrew Catholic School's Taste of the Town (1994); active parent, St. Andrew Catholic School (1988-96); pianist, Socastee Baptist Church (1984-98)

Military | None

E-mail/website | ptimms@sccoast.net

Question | With an anticipated $17 million shortfall in the 2011-12 budget and no federal funds coming in, what ideas do you have for balancing the school budget next year?

Answer | Certainly we are experiencing difficult times statewide. Our seated board projected this several years back. So, in preparation, we became diligent and made decisions then, in order to minimize loss of teaching positions. There have been cuts, however, we have made reassignments and downsized staff without cutting vital academics that impact students' learning.

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