Smaller Class Sizes – 4th highest K-7 student teacher ratio in VA. Last year we ranked 6th. Despite costly renovations our high schools will remain overcrowded. We need HS#6.
Competitive Salaries – Focused recruitment and retention of new career employees. VA teachers earn $7,456 less than the national average. Para professionals earn $9000 less than those in Fredericksburg.
Adequate Funding - As the 10th largest district Stafford ranks 79th out of 132 in total funding. Local funding is 22% below state average.
Parity - I agree with Dr. Benson We need a "school system" not a "system of 30 schools". In division wide school to school classroom opportunities for all learners including Head Start , CTE and Special Ed. The quality of a child’s education should not be left to chance or depend on which neighborhood they live in.
Learning over testing - Improved performance at all grade levels including high school AP participation and passing rates. Students spend 1/3 of their time preparing for and taking mandated State and Federal tests. Our AP college readiness scores were as low as 19.3% and only 30% or less received a college ready rating on the SATS (1550).
Development Impacts – I will focus on student development not housing development. The county must recover the $34k infrastructure impact of each new home through proffers.
Cost Savings - How did the incumbent lose track of $6.3M in 2009 and $8.3M in 2015? We don't need plastic grass football fields when schools are overcrowded. Innovation and creativity over tradition. “We always do it that way” – well, not anymore!