Reverend Dr. Arthur Holmes left the St. Paul’s area of Charleston County for a number of years. After considering retirement in 2017, he and his family decided to return to rural Charleston County in 2016. Immediately Holmes found the Constitute School District #23 School Board and began attending their meetings.
After hearing the concerns of the area, Holmes decided to run for the school board. On November 6, 2018 the election was held and Holmes won a four-year seat on the Charleston County School District Constitute School Board #23 with the highest number of votes (2,712, or 26%). He is excited and grateful that the people of the St. Paul area are confident and hopeful that he can make a difference in the lives of the children in district #23.
Holmes admits it is not going to be easy with all the political schemes and the apathy that appears with some of the parents in the community. However, it is worth the working collaboratively to make great things happen. Holmes stresses the fact that he is a product of district #23 and was considered a statistic coming from a single parent home. He believes if he made it so can others in the district. Holmes understands he only has one vote, but the board is working cohesively under the newly appointed chair, Mrs. Josephine Matthews, to do what is best for the children of the area.
Holmes earned a number of degrees including a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (Winthrop University), a Master’s Degree in Curriculum (Lesley University), Educational Specialist Degree (Jones International University) and a Doctorate of Education (Jones International University), to name a few. These accomplishments will help him assist the students as well as the parents as we prepare now for the future.
He is married to his high school sweetheart Souvillia Rice-Holmes and they are the proud parents of three adult children. Holmes is involved in several organizations however, he is proud of his work with the Edisto Island Ministerial Alliance and the Beta Mu Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
He believes in the children of his district and knows they can do well. He would like to see some changes in all areas to support schools. He wants to be held accountable to make a difference for all children in the district he serves because they deserve the best.
Holmes returned home to make a difference and the best is yet to come. He lives by the motto, “It is nice to be important, but more important to be nice.”
Feel free to contact Rev. Dr. Arthur Holmes at [email protected]