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Montgomery County VA Board of Supervisors District E

District E is in northwestern Montgomery County and includes a portion of the Town of Blacksburg. District D communities and subdivisions include Merrimac, Belview, Montgomery Farms, Prices Fork, Mount Zion, Long Shop, Whitethorne, Wake Forest, McCoy, Big Falls, Price Mountain, Warm Hearth, Sterling Manor, Wells and Radford Army Ammunition Plant staff village. Town of Blacksburg neighborhoods and areas include Ellett/Jennelle, Farmview/Ramble, Hethwood/Prices Fork, Tom’s Creek and Virginia Tech. Polling places are St. Michael Lutheran Church on Merrimac Road (Precinct E1), the Longshop-McCoy Fire Department on McCoy Road (Precinct E2) and Virginia Tech Squires Student Center (Precinct E3).

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    Robbie Jones

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    Darrell Sheppard

Biographical Information

What are the supervisors’ budget options for funding the county schools’ ongoing capital needs and operating budget?

How do you perceive the county’s role and/or obligations concerning the Mountain Valley Pipeline?

What will you do to contribute towards members of the Board of Supervisors working more collaboratively in decide important local issues with the towns?

What should the Board of Supervisors do to speed the expansion of broadband coverage throughout the county?

Biographical Information I am married to Joe and the mother of four grown children and two granddaughters. I am a Senior Custodian with Montgomery County Public Schools. I am past Vice President and President of the Montgomery County Education Association. I currently serve on Virginia Education Association Board of Directors. I graduated from National Education Association Leaders for Tomorrow 2018 and See Educators Run. Recently chosen to be a Trainer of Trainers with the National Education Association.
What the Board of Supervisors are doing now will help provide funding for the Christiansburg Strand needs. Keep in mind the total Capital Improvement needs of the schools as well. We need to be proactive not reactive.
The Board of Supervisors are to do what is best for Montgomery County. Mountain Valley Pipeline is in no way beneficial to Montgomery County.
Communication is the key. Working together toward a common goal for all involved will prove to be successful.
Broadband is important for many, myself included. The Board of Supervisors are taking the proper steps to expedite this.
Biographical Information I am a lifelong resident of District E. I grew up in the Prices Fork area. I retired from the Virginia Tech Police Department at the rank of patrol sergeant in July 2012. My wife, Karen, and I live on Long Shop Road with our dog, Abby.
Funding options for schools come out of the county's annual budget, which comes from real estate an personal property taxes. They also get funding from the state of Virginia, grants and Montgomery County Education Foundation. Large capital projects are funded by bond issuing.
The county's role pertaining to the Mountain Valley Pipeline is very limited. The Board of Supervisors has no authority over any of the daily activities or permits necessary to complete work of the pipeline.
At this time, the Board of Supervisors has a good working relationship with both the Town of Christiansburg, the Town of Blacksburg as well as the City of Radford. I have in the past gone beyond what is normally necessary to work with the towns. This includes various techniques up to and including a meeting of the full board and the Town Council to negotiate contracts. I would go to whatever means neccesary to come to a collaborative decision with either one of them.
The Board of Supervisors has been working for some time through the very detailed logistics of providing broadband service to everyone in the county. I am confident this will happen in the very near future.