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)
The most important issue in Henrico Schools is equity. I support proactive planning and budgeting that eliminates overcrowded classrooms and schools; recruiting, retaining and rewarding the brightest teachers and staff by empowering them with relevant curriculum and professional development, competitive compensation, increased support and reduced student testing; and equitable allocation of educational resources. All children deserve a first-rate education.
Henrico Schools can best give students the research tools necessary to understand issues and verify their sources by teaching them how to use school and county libraries and responsible internet skills from grades K-12. Students need to understand facts and have opportunities to apply that knowledge when finding solutions. Students also need to be taught how to avoid plagiarism and the written and verbal communication skills needed to accompany their research.
I support quality Early Childhood Development and Response to Intervention (RTI) initiatives. By investing in Pre-K Programs for economically disadvantaged children earlier, they are provided social, developmental and cognitive skills that have proven more effective than trying to close the gap later. For elementary children through secondary, RTI provides remediation, collects data and tracks students on tiered levels based on the support necessary for success.
Yes, I support a high school curriculum that focuses on the civic responsibility of voting.
The best methods of evaluating and supporting our teachers include formal and informal observations conducted by a qualified administrator. An authentic evaluation process should include pre and post conference expectations. Teachers’ strengths and weaknesses should be supported with personal growth plans that include relevant professional development and mentoring opportunities. A growth-minded evaluation process is an asset when recruiting and retaining the best educators.
The most important issue facing schools in Henrico is overcrowding. We cannot expect our students to excel in a global workplace if they competing for floor space with their peers. We need to strive for optimal learning environments that encourage student collaboration, leverage the latest technologies and support our overburdened teachers.
We can expand our involvement with our wonderful Henrico Public Libraries which is exactly what I am doing now as the Brookland representative on the Library Advisory Board, for both Glen Allen and Libbie Mill libraries. As your next representative, I will further work to connect our students with the advanced resources offered by our superb libraries.
During my time on the Library Advisory Board, I was inspired to create an on-call mentoring program that would serve all students in every grade level in each one of our libraries. It’s no secret that students that are at-risk lack strong mentors to help them succeed and achieve goals they would not think possible. When elected, I will further champion this program and see it through.Furthermore, I pledge to work with our PTAs to grow membership and support our students.
As the son of an educator, I believe that the most effective methods in evaluating and supporting teachers includes student feedback, self evaluation, peer observation, and regular meetings with members of the Teacher Advisory Council. I vow to be an ally to our teachers and fight for the compensation and the benefits they deserve.