A former Anderson County school superintendent said Monday that he intends to run on the Republican ticket for the S.C. Superintendent of Education, according to the candidate’s website.
Gary Burgess is now the third GOP candidate to announce intentions to run for the seat. Superintendent Mick Zais, a Republican, announced last month he would not seek reelection this year. The other candidates include Republican activist Sheri Few and state Rep. Andy Patrick.
Burgess is the CEO of Burgess Research Action Group LLC.
On his campaign’s website, Burgess released this as core to his platform:
“My emphasis will be on involving students in existing programs and technology which work, for example- Baby Net, First Steps, The Arts, Distance/Virtual Learning, Agricultural Education, Dual Credit, Early College, Middle College, Apprenticeships and Southern Culture. Special Note: I will work to get rid of Common Core and other hindrances to teaching and learning.”
Burgess was principal at several Upstate schools, including Pendleton High School, before eventually becoming superintendent of Anderson County School District 4 in 2003. He retired from that post five years later.
In 2009, Burgess made news in Anderson County on a charge of soliciting an immoral act, but was later found not guilty.