Funding education is the largest and most important piece of the city’s budget. Providing both quality education for our children and ensuring they have opportunities for careers when they leave, whether to college or not, should be our primary goal. Bricks and mortar is only a small part of this effort. We need to focus on teachers and programs that ensure all our children should have the opportunity to achieve success in life no matter what course they choose.
What Has Been Accomplished:
Worked to adopt Public-Private Ordinance allowing for the construction of the New James Monroe High School and Lafayette Upper Elementary School.
Served on the site selection committee and design committee for both James Monroe High School and Lafayette Upper Elementary School.
Championed and served on the Council/School Board Working Group to try and build better cooperation between the City Council and School Board in long-term planning.
The Next Four Years:
Work with the School Board to support programs to provide opportunities to disadvantaged, English Language Learners (ELL) and minority students.
Work with the School Board, and regional partners to include Germanna Community College and the University of Mary Washington, to develop a robust workforce development program.
Look to develop a multi-year funding plan for the schools.