Olson says bias training, technology would be her top priorities as chairperson of Augusta Board of Education

Amanda Olson, executive director of the Augusta Housing Authority, speaks during the annual City Council goal-setting meeting in January 2017 at the Augusta Civic Center. Olson is running unopposed for chairperson of the Augusta Board of Education. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal file

AUGUSTA — Amanda Olson believes the future of Augusta relies on the students who make up its public schools.

An at-large member of the Augusta Board of Education, Olson’s name will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot when she runs unopposed for the three-year position of school board chairperson. She would succeed Ed Hastings, who is not seeking reelection.

Olson said she wants to provide innovative thinking and guide the conversations she believes are necessary to make decisions in the best interest of Augusta’s students.

“I am very passionate about education,” she said. “I truly believe that these students are the future of Augusta, whether it’s through economic development

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