to help identify students needing additional instructional, emotional or behavioral support and utilize community mentorship programs and virtual peer support networks. When the economy recovers from the current pandemic, we should make salary increases a priority. All rights reserved. Recent Posts: The Princess Anne Independent News, 2020 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for School Board, Rose Hall, This year’s Winter Wildlife Festival may have a different feel, but events for young and old are scheduled in January, For second consecutive year, Pungo Strawberry Festival is canceled due to Covid, Recognizing long, loyal service by a Virginia Beach school bus driver, Summer reporting internship with The Independent News, A family visiting Sandbridge helped an egret at Back Bay refuge — though officials urge caution, calls to experienced rescuers, At Bonney & Sons in Pungo, the ‘crab boss’ oversees longtime business providing the freshest local catch, Editorial: Virginia Beach City Council betrayed farmers and its own land use ideals — for tourism. Second would be to streamline technology and processes. Victoria Manning - Students First. Additional policies will be needed based on the study. Still, I would have voted to keep all staff and student virtual the first nine weeks and then reassess. I voted against the bonus. The Editorial Board's picks in Tuesday's elections in Virginia. A Special Meeting of the School Board has been called by the Superintendent for Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 4 p.m. to discuss updates to the Return-to-School plan. Acceptance and use of basic governance training is needed and hopefully will be done so all understand their individual vs. collective roles in this process. We have world-class public schools here in Virginia Beach – it’s one of the reasons we came back here to raise our family. All are elected citywide. After teaching in Virginia Beach for 36 years, I retired in 2012 and was elected to the School Board. Answers to our questions in this series generally are not edited, aside from obvious punctuation issues, spacing and formatting, or for clarity. I feel that they are not appreciated enough for what they provide. 3. Top long-term priority is executing “Compass to 2025,” our strategic plan. We should not make excuses for not getting this done. I don’t believe that policy alone can make it happen. Recent scheduling protocols allow for midday involvement eliminating barriers and we need to ensure all students opportunities to get involved in their school communities in ways they find meaningful. This race is nonpartisan. If a majority of the qualified voters voting in such referendum vote in favor of changing the method of selecting school board members to direct election by the voters, then the members of the school board shall be … Twelve of Virginia's 190 towns had town council elections in 2019. Schools are either safe for reopening or not. Tension among members of the School Board has been seen in everything from social media posts to committee assignments and policy decisions. Posted on October 12, 2020 by The Independent News. I’m in favor of any policy that helps teachers connect with students to bring about optimal learning and individual success. What are your three main policy priorities for Virginia Beach schools? I know the school administration, our teachers and staff have worked hard toward a successful start of the school year. Right now, nobody is fully aware of the extent of the inequities and where they are all happening. My priorities remain in a theme of relationship building: expanding equity in our schools, increasing family /community engagement and connecting resources, improving special education, and strengthening educational staff culture. Note: Although it is highlighted in the map above, the city of Chesapeake is not considered a county and not included in our calculations as such. The planned 3-1/4 u00bd% raise and experience step for employees was eliminated. To achieve these goals, I support our educational equity policy because I believe that all in our school community deserve a rigorous and respectful learning and working environment where diversity is valued and used to achieve positive academic and social outcomes. 1. 2. Education: Bachelor’s in criminal justice, East Coast Polytechnic Institute. We still might not have liked each other, but we did at least respect each other by the end of the exercise. Politician. It’s only been a hot button issue because the current school board is controlled by those who put partisan politics ahead of science and medical facts. How do you plan to work effectively and fairly on a divided board? There is no room for debate in the fact that statistics show inequities in our schools the same way they are seen in too many other pieces of society. 2020 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for School Board, Kempsville. Like us on Facebook to see similar stories. 1. VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Department of Elections is fining the Virginia Beach Teachers' Association $500 for failing to file its "Statement of Organization." Therefore, my top priority is to increase salaries of teachers and staff. Riggs Says No to New Programs without Teacher Raises. Each goal has well-defined strategies and includes an equity emphasis. The interview team recommends candidates for endorsement to VBEA PACE members who vote on … I’ve proposed lowering the percent positivity of the “yellow” zone; utilize staggered start dates for our special education students, Pre-K, K, and 1st grade students. The Virginia State Corporation Commission lists current school board member Laura Hughes as the founder of the Virginia Beach Teachers' Association. Five of the 11 seats on the Virginia Beach School Board are up for election this year. 1. It allows for opinions and preferences by students/parents and staff to the maximum extent. Is the district doing enough to address school security concerns? Mayoral, city council and school board elections. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window). Smarter decisions with our expenditures and providing additional student resources with an increase in teachers' compensation will help with retention. County School Board. It has been my honor and privilege to serve our students, teachers, faculty, parents, and every Virginia Beach resident on the School Board for the past 22 years. I know we could forge strong partnerships with local employers for a more vibrant apprenticeship workforce program. Occupation: Abuse and neglect hotline specialist for the Virginia Department of Social Services. Previous office held (if any): School board member since May 2019, when she was appointed to fill a vacant seat. 3. Is the district doing enough to address school security concerns? A majority of parents and teachers indicated their preference for a return to in-person learning. Even the head of the CDC has addressed the mental health toll that this pandemic is having on our children. The school board recently passed an educational equity policy and I support it because I want to ensure that all students have the same opportunities to be successful in our school system. My second priority is to address out of control student discipline problems. • Second, address pending teacher shortage driven by demographic factors and compounded significantly by Covid-19. Ed. We need to foster strong relationships between the community and the schools to help ensure a safe, successful and happy educational environment for everyone. Election Calendar. June 12, 2020 . The Fall 2020 plan is a data-driven approach to returning safely to face-to-face instruction based on continually updated health metrics that also provided a level of parent choice in when their students returned. We need discipline policies that keep students on the right track and in a safe, comfortable environment. A. With all 140 General Assembly seats on the ballot this fall, and a number of critical races for local office, many Northern Virginia voters have some key decisions to make Tuesday. However, as of 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, voting was in full swing in Virginia Beach at Windsor Woods Elementary School. 5-Year Schedule of General Elections (.pdf) Board of Supervisors (.pdf) Soil and Water Directors (.pdf) City Council (.pdf) Town Council (.pdf) City School Board (.pdf) County School Board (.pdf) Town School Board (.pdf) 2. Lack of focus on what is important (educating our students) seems to be one of the biggest issues facing VBCPS right now. I would be naive to think that racial inequity doesn’t exist in Virginia Beach schools. Parents, students and teachers did not always see things the same way. Dan Edwards for School Board. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Kempsville District seat on the Virginia Beach School Board on the Tuesday, Nov. 3, ballot.Answers to our questions in this series generally are not edited, aside from obvious punctuation issues, spacing and formatting, or for clarity. Reopen our Schools Reopen Schools COVID Tracker Issues Goals and VIews Blog Get our kids back to school! Victoria Manning – At Large Candidate (Incumbent) Luis Cortes III – Centerville District . It’s a great guide, but we need to start with programs that help change the mindset. VB Schools is implementing the 11 recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel which include: Safety protocols including access control, exercises and surprise audits. As PTSA President, I had to juggle many sides of a topic. The extra time home would give teachers and staff more time to plan and adjust, and ensure that our school facilities are ready for safe, in-person teaching. They too often side with the administration rather than the parents who elected them. Regrettably, some members have posted misinformation regarding the policy. This not just racial. VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Students in the area's largest school division will start the coming year learning 100% virtually. The Virginia Beach city committees of both major political parties included people running in nonpartisan local elections, including for City Council and School Board, in “voter guides” last year. I'm proud to serve Virginia Beach's students, parents, teachers, and residents on the Virginia Beach School Board. The first nine weeks online would have given everyone some breathing room in these very stressful times. Every incumbent is running for their seat again. If you expect my opponent, the former union president, to do anything about inequities after years of hardly a mention about racism, I’d be surprised. I have supported returning kids to the classroom because the school board has really fumbled the online learning effort and students learn best in classrooms with teachers. I am excited to share that I am officially a candidate for re-election to the Board. The economy was devastated last spring, and the school board 2020/2021 budget was cut more than $24 million dollars. I would work with city council and state reps to raise teacher pay. All candidates for Virginia Beach City Council and the Virginia Beach School Board are invited and encouraged to complete a questionnaire and be interviewed to be considered for endorsement by the Virginia Beach Education Association Political Action Committee of Educators (VBEA PACE). I would have preferred the metrics to be lower than 10% for entering phase “yellow,” though current metrics are fortunately trending downward. 1. Staffing complexities make keeping everyone happy unattainable. As part of that policy, a third-party assessment of educational equities will be conducted to determine equities or inequities within the school division. Stability, consistency and predictability are resiliency factors for mental health and overall well-being. We must identify resources for major increases in compensation and other ways to properly enforce their status as professionals. Riggs Says … Within a few years, voters in more than 80% of Virginia’s school districts decided to trade their old appointed school boards for elected ones. The election for Centerville’s seat on the Virginia Beach School Board is held on November 3, 2020 as part of the general election. The school board had all summer to prepare schools to reopen only to need more time because they weren’t ready. Previous office held (if any): School board member since 2017; Virginia Beach Education Association President from 2012 to 2016, Education: Master’s in Early Childhood Education, Old Dominion University. Every incumbent is running for their seat again. I would have used the summer to ensure that virtual learning was appropriate for all ages. Listening to others and finding a common thread was how I navigated through a lot of issues then and I believe that same theme should be used on the board. Upcoming Elections; 2021 Deadlines Calendar (.xls) Candidate Lists; General Elections. January 27, 2020 . VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Beach school board faced a long night. 3. We should have planned for distance learning until we could have a safe plan that they could give us. Tension among members of the School Board has been seen in everything from social media posts to committee assignments and policy decisions. VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Students in the area's largest school district could begin returning to class on February 1. While this is true of most large organizations, it nonetheless needs to be corrected. Especially as they juggle teaching online or in potentially unsafe conditions in-person, they deserve pay that is reflective of the professionals that they are. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. What specifically should the schools do? Providing a path for secondary education and workforce readiness are my top priorities. I will work with my colleagues, city council and our leaders in Richmond to continue to address our challenges in providing competitive pay and benefits for our teachers and all school employees reflective of their dedication to the school division and to aid in our ability to attract and retain the most qualified individuals who will support student success. My immediate focus is returning to face-to-face-learning as safely and quickly as possible. Two at-large spots are up for grabs, as well as one each in the Centerville, Kempsville and Rose Hall districts. I see many students being advanced to higher levels when they are not ready and I believe this causes behavior problems. There are racial inequities. I believe that same concept should be utilized to ensure safety in our schools as well. Donald Trump (R) received 44.4 percent. They only way to change the school system is to change the school board, a board that spent more time during my opponent’s term talking about Facebook posts than systemic racism. Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. Brandon Hutchins for VB. Contact the Electora l Board Members at (757) 385-8683, or by My desire to serve Virginia Beach schools is still strong and I really want to use my experience to help with some of the issues we are facing right now. Virginia Beach’s board has 11 members, four of whom are “at-large” and the rest representing districts. These cities are Alexandria, Buena Vista, Charlottesville, and Falls Church. Education: Bachelor’s in counseling, Old Dominion University. Laura Hughes for Virginia Beach School Board. I … Joanna Moran – Rose Hall District. Healthcare professional Brandon Hutchins is running against incumbent Rosemary Wilson and advertising executive Nadine Paniccia. Assessors will then create a plan to identify priorities, correct and address the inequities and review and monitor such efforts. How can the city schools help address concerns about equality and inclusion? My Bachelor's degree from ODU is in Human Services Counseling and my master's course work is also in counseling. 1. Do you agree with Virginia Beach schools' current plan? I would instead love to develop multi-cultural opportunities to help students learn through shared interests (aka food, music, etc) that would help bind them together. CITY COUNCIL: Division 1. When a student graduates from VBCPS, we should have a well prepared, well educated young adult prepared for the next phase of their life. Virginia Jan. 20 COVID-19 update: 4,515 new cases, 63 deaths; Vaccine doses up to 18K per day on average And with my ability to breach the divide, communicate effectively and collaborate with the city council, we can implement such. This has to be so frustrating to the students who are in levels above their ability. Political Candidate. Some wonder if there was political pressure to keep schools closed. Elections of school board members in a county, city, or town shall be held to coincide with the elections for members of the governing body of the county, city, or town at the regular general election in November or the regular general election in May, as the case may be. The SRO should work as a team with the staff to ensure that there is a well thought out plan should something happen. It is a commitment to finding and eliminating the sources of inequities driven by race and other factors using a comprehensive audit as a first step in this process. Jennifer Franklin – Kempsville District. One of the best lessons that I learned was in boot camp where my Company Commander forced myself and a girl that I didn’t get along with (because of assumptions that she had about me because I looked different) to work together to achieve a common goal. Board members are appointed to a 4 year term. She never takes that for granted and will work hard to earn the privilege to be on the School Board. Yes. The school board voted around 1 a.m., Wednesday morning, near the … An expansion of the Equity Council to be totally inclusive is also a likely outcome. As a minority myself, I can relate to that and we definitely need to do more to combat it happening within the school system. I encouraged the administration to phase in special education and primary grade students earlier than the announced dates. I fully support the School Resource Officers that we have in our schools. Members are paid $12,000/year. Trenace Riggs is running for re-election to the Virginia Beach School Board. All 95 counties in Virginia elected school board members in 2019. I hope you will support me in my re-election on November 3, 2020. We need a teaching staff that is more reflective of our community’s demographics. Only Dan Edwards, a long-time board member and … Incumbents are bolded and underlined. Parents need stability and clarity so they can decide what is best for families. I favor a hybrid model utilized where those that feel comfortable for in-person learning have the ability to return to school. Your email address will not be published. If not, that would be my primary goal to get them back to school. The Board of Education's priorities and goals are the foundation for providing high-quality educational opportunities for all public school students in Virginia. Following CDC guidelines for reopening schools, we could have gotten our students back in school safely and earlier. Politician. We must increase teacher pay so we can attract and retain teachers. We can’t retain good teachers unless we pay them what they are worth. Those who are at-risk for any reason would have the option to continue with the virtual learning model. For too many years, the school division set goals relative to the achievement of our most at-risk student populations without a division-wide policy or approach to how to actually meet the needs of those students. There seems to be very little acceptance or listening on the current board by many members. The current board has lowered academic standards, excused poor performance, eliminated recognition for excellent work by students. I see a lot of talk, outrage and focus on topics that draw away from what the primary goal should be which is to provide the best education and environment that we can for our students. EDITOR’S NOTE: Polls closed in Virginia at 7 p.m. You can find results for the commonwealth’s U.S. House and Senate races, as well as local elections, bond questions and constitutional amendments. Please reach the editor with any questions or concerns via email. Reinstating valedictorian and salutatorian would be my next priority. The board will need to ensure this is done promptly and thoroughly and review the results with staff to identify corrective actions – new policies, policy adjustments and potential changes to resource allocation. The at-large election for Virginia Beach City Council takes place on November 3, 2020, in conjunction with the US presidential election. Teachers in VBCPS need to be paid more. The big decision of returning students to the classroom soon, motivated 104 people to speak to the board before their vote. Impeachment complicates Biden's efforts to unify. 2. The Board Members of Virginia State Board of Elections are Robert H. Brink, John O’Bannon, and Jamilah D. LeCruise. Broadcasting & Media Production Company. And successful ( incumbent ) Luis Cortes continue Reading '' button for { 0 } hours with faster! 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