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Henrico County School Board Three Chopt District

Duties - The five-member School Board is the governing body for the Henrico County public school system, subject to budgetary approval by the Board of Supervisors. Members are elected from the five magisterial districts in nonpartisan elections. The Board hires the Superintendent, who is responsible for managing the system. Term - 4 years Salary -$21,359 (Board Chair $23,359)

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    Michelle F. "Micky" Ogburn

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What is the most important issue facing schools in the county and what will you do to address it?

How can schools best give students the research tools necessary to understand issues and verify their sources?

What education services do you support for students who are at risk of failing?

Would you support a high school curriculum that focuses on the civic responsibility of voting?

What are the best methods of evaluating and supporting teachers?

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The national teacher shortage is affecting students and schools every day. We are endeavoring to attract new teachers from all over the country. I have approved funding for frequent job fairs and mentors for our new teachers. New teachers need support and training to adjust to the school environment and the requirements of the job. I have approved increased funding for professional development and teacher pay raises that help our trained teachers stay in Henrico.
Providing current research materials and access to current technology is important to providing students with access to information. We have funded technology tools in our schools for many years. But, students need to be taught to use those tools responsibly. They then can use the skills to research an issue, evaluate slanted material and to find information from multiple sources. Often time internet sources need to be evaluated for accuracy and multiple sources aide in doing just that.
HCPS provides intervention teachers to support students who are below grade level. As a former Intervention teacher, I see the great value in determining the causes of student failure and working with other teachers to create a plan for student success. I support guidance counselors and funding for increasing our counseling staff.
Simply put, yes. I support efforts to teach students civic responsibility, the importance of the freedom that our country affords to its citizens and the importance of each and every vote. I do not advocate for teaching a slanted or particular voting agenda, but a presentation of the issues at hand with opportunities for discussion and learning. Students need to form their own opinions.
I have advocated for a supportive and constructive evaluation process for teachers. Teachers should be observed multiple times while teaching in a variety of subject areas. The evaluations should include opportunities for peer evaluations, formal and informal evaluations, videos of the teacher at work, self-evaluation and improvement plans, if needed. New teachers need mentors to guide them as they adjust to the classroom setting.