As a local pastor, I am very aware that Coweta County is blessed with many privileges that are not enjoyed by some other communities as strong as ours. Coweta County has made great strides in its efforts to collaborate and invest in the community, and we see that every day as people of all races and religions, from all walks of life, come together to help make our community a great place to live and work.
Part of Coweta’s success relies on having a sound educational system, and as a proud graduate of Newnan High School, I know firsthand the importance of having a solid education. I am such a believer in the value of education that this August I am going back to school to further my own education and will begin the Master of Divinity program at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.
For many years, I have been actively involved in the NAACP, which has been at the forefront of ensuring that African-American students receive a quality education. Here in Coweta County, our public school system is known for its excellence, and that’s one reason the school system has achieved an 85 percent on-time graduation rate.
I urge my fellow Cowetans to support the ESPLOST campaign to continue the one-penny sales tax that will help our schools remain schools of excellence. This tax is not a new tax but simply the continuation of one already in place. It will fund new classrooms to help us keep up with growth, land acquisition, and the purchase of textbooks and technology. The tax also will support security and safety improvements as well as the purchase of school buses to accommodate student growth.
To those who vote early as well as those who will vote on March 21, I urge you to support the ongoing excellence of the Coweta County School System by voting “Yes” to ESPLOST.
Tamarkus Cook, Senior Pastor
Saint Smyrna Baptist Church, Newnan
2017 Citizen of the Year