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Goochland County School Board District 1

Duties - The five-member School Board is the governing body for the Goochland County public school system, subject to budgetary approval by the Board of Supervisors. Members are elected from the five magisterial districts. The Board creates policy and hires the Superintendent, who is responsible for managing the system. Term - 4 yearsSalary - $4950 (Board Chair $5950)

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    Sandra P. Barefoot-Reid

  • H. Jennifer Mazza

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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?

Facebook page GoBarefoot for School Board
Currently Goochland County Schools is facing a shortage of minority teachers. Limited affordable housing in Goochland discourages young teachers from coming to Goochland. I would enjoin the real estate community to help assuage this problem. I would encourage Goochland graduates to become educators and return to Goochland to teach, perhaps by means of scholarship(s) via private organizations.
Instruction should include teaching students the difference between fact and fiction and how to verify their facts. Included should be exercises in researching popular news stories; access to hi-speed internet to analyze them and report to the class, who, in turn get to analyze the presentations submitted. Class goal is separating truth from fiction. Teach them to recognize the earmarks of truth and those of fiction.
Encourage early identification of the students that are struggling. Bring in parental support, interfacing parental, teacher, student and school system. Give students every opportunity to enhance their perspective of self-worth. Most students that are dropping behind are the same students with poor self concept; that have problems at home, contribute to bullying, either as being a bully or bullying others. Students that fall behind need to be identified quickly for remediation.
I would definitely support a high school curriculum to teach students how to evaluate candidate platforms and recognize diversity, but appreciate differing views; just as important is listening to each other before making decisions. Give students more hands on experience in the voting process (ie mock elections); mock campaigns; debates; and forums for the Student Government. Involve students in current election processes at all levels, federal, state, and local.
Students have a more rounded education when teachers teach a curriculum, not teach to satisfy state testing standards. When a child is equipped with a well-rounded education, testing should not be problem, testing should be a necessary event not the controlling factor to education. Address salary discrepancies, maintain salaries that compete or exceed surrounding districts. Listen to what teachers have to say.
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Facebook page Jennifer Mazza for School Board
I am running for school board because I am concerned with the quality of education our students are getting in my county I am a big supporter of Career and Technical Educational.
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