Reopening the schools and getting all our students back into the buildings is critical. I would support a more common sense system that voters understand. My main priority is the compensation and retention of teachers. Virginia Beach’s board has 11 members, four of whom are “at-large” and the rest representing districts. My second priority is to address out of control student discipline problems. 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). Only Dan Edwards, a long-time board member and … Trenace Riggs is running for re-election to the Virginia Beach School Board. 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. Upcoming Events. Second would be to streamline technology and processes. June 12, 2020 . How can the city schools help address concerns about equality and inclusion? 1. The Board Members of Virginia State Board of Elections are Robert H. Brink, John O’Bannon, and Jamilah D. LeCruise. The first nine weeks online would have given everyone some breathing room in these very stressful times. I was re-elected in 2016 to serve another four years. Vaccine prioritization is already hard. Sometimes failure is what one needs in order to succeed. CITY COUNCIL: Division 1. Connect with friends faster than ever with the new Facebook app. 3. State Senate: Virginia Beach is represented by 3 state Senators in Senate Districts 7, 8 and 14. Healthcare professional Brandon Hutchins is running against incumbent Rosemary Wilson and advertising executive Nadine Paniccia. All are elected citywide. Answers to our questions in this series generally are not edited, aside from obvious punctuation issues, spacing and formatting, or for clarity. Victoria Manning - Students First. Victoria Manning – At Large Candidate (Incumbent) Luis Cortes III – Centerville District . Therefore, my top priority is to increase salaries of teachers and staff. 13News Now … It is clear that the current board was unprepared for the new school year and was not able to open schools no matter what the COVID numbers were. My top priority is to get all of our students back into our school buildings. But I have heard from teachers, students, and parents that it is a problem in many ways. School. I would have preferred the metrics to be lower than 10% for entering phase “yellow,” though current metrics are fortunately trending downward. September 14, 2020 Republican Party of Virginia Beach City Committee Meeting 411 Integrity Way, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. There’s a lack of consistency in Virginia Beach schools when it comes to grading and discipline. Washington Building First Floor 1100 Bank Street, Richmond, VA 23219 Phone (804) 864-8901 The superintendent said he knows how to do in-person learning and seemed to be focused on virtual learning. The at-large election for Virginia Beach City Council takes place on November 3, 2020, in conjunction with the US presidential election. Ed. Each year the School Board Members appoint a Chairman and Vice Chairman from among the eleven members. Please reach the editor with any questions or concerns via email. 3. Previous office held (if any): School Board member since 2016, Education: Bachelor of science, Old Dominion University. January 27, 2020 . Impeachment complicates Biden's efforts to unify. Smarter decisions with our expenditures and providing additional student resources with an increase in teachers' compensation will help with retention. No, I have not agreed with the current plan. All eleven members of the School Board are elected in accordance with the Charter of the City of Virginia Beach and serve four year terms. It is very bad optics for the superintendent to receive a $12,000 bonus when our employee raises were retracted. With current technology, we can utilize both methods to create a safe, secure and effective learning environment. I believe there are inequities related to socioeconomic and special education gaps that need to be addressed. The Cure cannot be worse than the Disease. The School Board Chairwoman for Virginia Beach City Public Schools is the Honorable Carolyn T. Rye . 1. 3. Education: Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology, Syracuse University; Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. The school board has forgotten whom they represent, and that is the parents and students of Virginia Beach. The school board had all summer to prepare schools to reopen only to need more time because they weren’t ready. Politician. I will support all suggestions for improvement that are necessary to eliminate any inequities found as a result of the assessment. The Editorial Board's picks in Tuesday's elections in Virginia. It allows for opinions and preferences by students/parents and staff to the maximum extent. I’ve also outlined the opportunities for “on demand” learning versus all live and easy access centralized supportive services for students on the chrome books. Basic board governance requires all members to accept the fact that they work with all members to develop policies and priorities and maintaining separate agendas communicated through personal social media is not helpful to the process. I feel that if we award athletes for excellence, we should award students for academic excellence as well. Following CDC guidelines for reopening schools, we could have gotten our students back in school safely and earlier. Endorsements: Vicky Manning, Carolyn Weems and Jessica Abbott, Social media: Jen Franklin for School Board on Facebook. The Mayor of Virginia Beach is the Honorable Robert M. "Bobby" Dyer. Other grade levels will be phased in as health metrics allow. I am excited to share that I am officially a candidate for re-election to the Board. Still, I would have voted to keep all staff and student virtual the first nine weeks and then reassess. We can streamline and simplify this for everyone’s sake. They are trying to build the plane and fly it and are ill-prepared. — 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. 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. Broadcasting & Media Production Company. Five of the 11 seats on the Virginia Beach School Board are up for election this year. Is the district doing enough to address school security concerns? And with my ability to breach the divide, communicate effectively and collaborate with the city council, we can implement such. 1. Election of school board members; election of tie breaker. Viewing 2018 School Board General Election Virginia Beach City - At Large. 2. We need discipline policies that keep students on the right track and in a safe, comfortable environment. A majority of parents and teachers indicated their preference for a return to in-person learning. Subsequently elected in November 2019 to complete the 1-year term. VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Students in the area's largest school district could begin returning to class on February 1. Reinstating valedictorian and salutatorian would be my next priority. County School Board. Virginia Jan. 20 COVID-19 update: 4,515 new cases, 63 deaths; Vaccine doses up to 18K per day on average We must meet the needs of students where they are and lift them up to meet high expectations. In the 2016 presidential election, Virginia was a battleground state. Lack of focus on what is important (educating our students) seems to be one of the biggest issues facing VBCPS right now. I want my three children physically back in school. Virginia Beach Republican Womens Club. VB also needs to do a better job addressing the needs of our students with special needs. Education: Bachelor’s in counseling, Old Dominion University. VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Department of Elections is fining the Virginia Beach Teachers' Association $500 for failing to file its "Statement of Organization." The SRO should work as a team with the staff to ensure that there is a well thought out plan should something happen. I would be naive to think that racial inequity doesn’t exist in Virginia Beach schools. Virginia Beach School Board Candidates 2020. We need to build a school system where every student has equal access to an exceptional education. The big decision of returning students to the classroom soon, motivated 104 people to speak to the board before their vote. Your email address will not be published. I believe that same concept should be utilized to ensure safety in our schools as well. 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. Ed. January 27, 2020 . Education: Bachelor’s in criminal justice, East Coast Polytechnic Institute. Board members must make an appointment within 45 days or state law allows the court to make the appointment. VB Schools is implementing the 11 recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel which include: Safety protocols including access control, exercises and surprise audits. These cities are Alexandria, Buena Vista, Charlottesville, and Falls Church. VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Students in the area's largest school division will start the coming year learning 100% virtually. My professional background is primarily in the child welfare field. I’m in favor of any policy that helps teachers connect with students to bring about optimal learning and individual success. They know that ventilation at schools is not adequate and there are many locations with maintenance issues. Trenace Riggs is running for re-election to the Virginia Beach School Board. I would love to see a path where we have different apprenticeship opportunities in the community to allow those kids who want to go into the workforce. It’s a great guide, but we need to start with programs that help change the mindset. Yes, I believe there are racial inequities in VBCPS and that a greater focus is being drawn to them by the pandemic. I’m running for the Virginia Beach School Board because I care about our kids, I care about our teachers, and I care about our schools. Providing a path for secondary education and workforce readiness are my top priorities. Frank Janes cast his ballot first at the school. B. 3. An Agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia I spoke at the June 28th meeting on this. 1. The schools need more time to adjust to loss of staff. Board members are appointed to a 4 year term. Virginia Jan. 20 COVID-19 update: 4,515 new cases, 63 deaths; Vaccine doses up to 18K per day on average Members are paid $12,000/year. We need to follow these words: firm, fair, and consistent. I … Dan Edwards for School Board. Viewing 2012 School Board General Election Virginia Beach City - Centerville. Don't make it worse by shaming people. Parents need stability and clarity so they can decide what is best for families. Increasing school counselors, behaviorists, etc. I do not agree with the current plan. While there are no intentional racial inequities in Virginia Beach schools, they exist and are embedded in our culture and policies and processes. This plan has been significantly challenging to implement. Posted on October 12, 2020 by The Independent News. It is critical that the board prioritizes teacher pay increases and creates an atmosphere where teachers and staff feel heard and involved in the planning and decision process in order to hold onto the teachers we have and recruit the others we’ll need moving forward. How do you plan to work effectively and fairly on a divided board? — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Centerville District seat on the Virginia Beach School Board on the Tuesday, Nov. 3, ballot. My top priority is teacher pay as it has been stagnant for a decade. I favor a hybrid model utilized where those that feel comfortable for in-person learning have the ability to return to school. We need a teaching staff that is more reflective of our community’s demographics. Required fields are marked *. I worked for the Virginia Beach Department of Human Services for 10 years doing Child Protective and foster care work. We need to mitigate obstacles to an equitable education and provide a bump in resources to help bring children inline with their peers. Every incumbent is running for their seat again. 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. Twelve of Virginia's 190 towns had town council elections in 2019. That plan was thrown together without taking factors into account. 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. Right now, nobody is fully aware of the extent of the inequities and where they are all happening. Elections: Nov 2nd Day(s): Hour(s): ... Search for: Virginia Beach Representation. What are your three main policy priorities for Virginia Beach schools? 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. Former elementary school teacher and one-term incumbent, Trenace Riggs, is running against local business owner Luis Cortes. All 40 seats of the Senate of Virginia and 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates were up for re-election, as were many local offices.. As of June 30, 2018, incumbents in both parties were out-raising their challengers, and there was a brisk pace of fundraising among Northern Virginia incumbents. Occupation: Retired Naval Officer and Business Owner, Military Service/Education: BS Education, Northwestern University; MBA, William & Mary; 25-Year Career Naval Officer, Endorsements: Virginia Beach Education Association-Political Action Committee of Educators, Virginia Beach Democrat Party and Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer, Social media: @danedwardsvbsb on Facebook. These long term, continued inequities are what motivated me to partner with my colleague Sharon Felton and propose an equity policy that commits to a comprehensive equity audit and transparency as we work through analyzing and improving the root causes that contribute to the inequity. By Kent Willis, Executive Director, ACLU of Virginia In 1992, Virginia became the last state in the nation to allow elected school boards. Five of the 11 seats on the Virginia Beach School Board are up for election this year. I served 24 total years in the U.S. Navy between active duty/reserve time and serving on various other community boards gives me experience with working with others to get to a common goal. 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. Execution of Compass to 2025 and the new equity policy will likely change processes and drive needed policy adjustments, and a true change in culture is the expected outcome. School Board members are elected in November for four-year terms commencing January 1 as follows: Seven district seats: (4) 2018 election for term commencing January 1, 2019: Bayside, Beach, Lynnhaven, Princess Anne (3) 2020 election for term commencing January 1, 2021: Centerville, Kempsville, Rose Hall Five of the 11 seats on the Virginia Beach School Board are up for election this year. We must identify resources for major increases in compensation and other ways to properly enforce their status as professionals. Sign up below to register your support and join the party. They are under the state’s average salary. As a minority myself, I can relate to that and we definitely need to do more to combat it happening within the school system. Viewing 2018 School Board General Election Virginia Beach City - At Large. Their three children all attended K-12 in the Virginia Beach Public Schools and have thrived in the environment of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. 1. During 20+ years on VB School Board including 18 years as chair our schools have come to be locally appreciated and nationally respected. Having opportunities to work together for common goals is essential to bringing different people/cultures together. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. October 23, 2019 . After teaching in Virginia Beach for 36 years, I retired in 2012 and was elected to the School Board. La Raza Musical . Riggs Says No to New Programs without Teacher Raises. There is a Christian responsibility to vote in the Virginia Beach election 2020 for the more godly and honorable candidates for election. Election Calendar. Do you believe that maintaining the hybrid local election system including district representation with residency requirements, is necessary? 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. It impacted me so much that I still remember that 30 years later as a defining moment in my thinking. The administration shared their revised plan and special education students began on September 22 and primary grades on September 29. As PTSA President, I had to juggle many sides of a topic. Contact the Electora l Board Members at (757) 385-8683, or by Virginia Beach Representation. 1. We need to create opportunities to allow the students to come together to learn about other cultures and realize that kids are not so different. I also serve as race and scholarship chair for the Tidewater Striders Running Club. Every incumbent is running for their seat again. The school board voted around 1 a.m., Wednesday morning, near the … Five members of the Virginia Beach, Va., school board have resigned after a special grand jury declared that some board members were fiscally irresponsible and "unfit for further service." Riggs Says … This has to be so frustrating to the students who are in levels above their ability. Stability, consistency and predictability are resiliency factors for mental health and overall well-being. Do you believe that maintaining the hybrid local election system, including district representation with residency requirements, is necessary? — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Centerville District seat on the Virginia Beach School Board on the Tuesday, Nov. 3, ballot. The 2019 Virginia elections took place on November 5, 2019. VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Department of Elections is fining the Virginia Beach Teachers' Association $500 for failing to file its "Statement of Organization." 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. It is also a matter of being different. Mayoral, city council and school board elections. Having worked security in the military, you train, train, train for what may happen. Being LGBTQ, a person of color, or having a learning disability should not be reasons to feel uncomfortable at school. She lives in the Kempsville area with her husband, Rob. We all want the best for the students and teachers, I believe coming from that common ground could (and should) be the core of every decision. VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Beach school board faced a long night. 3. Building our party is a team effort, and winning elections takes all of us. Teacher and student safety must be the number one priority when in-person learning returns. The school board voted around 1 a.m., Wednesday morning, near the … The print edition containing our full voter guide is now on stands. He needs to be held accountable to get our students back into the classroom without further delay. As with the “zero tolerance” policy regarding bullying, it still happens and the policy doesn’t stop it. Why do I want to serve on the School Board? 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. I have demonstrated leadership with ability to get things done on and off the school board with strong civic involvement: Board member & officer of VB Crimes Solvers, VB Parks & Rec Foundation, Virginia Beach Sports Club. 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. Matthias Paul Telkamp. Regrettably, some members have posted misinformation regarding the policy. I see many students being advanced to higher levels when they are not ready and I believe this causes behavior problems. 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). Norfolk (regional) Sports Club, VB Rotary Club and as a board member of College Access Foundation, Mt. 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. Trenace Riggs Asks Board to Ask Public Again on School Start Times . I'm proud to serve Virginia Beach's students, parents, teachers, and residents on the Virginia Beach School Board. What specifically should the schools do? Two at-large spots are up for grabs, as well as one each in the Centerville, Kempsville and Rose Hall districts. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS. Latest version. Children and teachers need consistency to be efficient, effective and successful. 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. After retiring from 24 years in the military and living in Hampton Roads for 30 years, I am so grateful for my experience and lessons learned. Instead, they are moving the target on the parents. Schools are either safe for reopening or not. The “everyone gets a trophy” and “no one can fail” mentality is negatively impacting these students. These are recommendations, if not quite “endorsements.” Partisan involvement in this year’s local elections is already underway. 2. The Board of Education's priorities and goals are the foundation for providing high-quality educational opportunities for all public school students in Virginia. 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 … The big decision of returning students to the classroom soon, motivated 104 people to speak to the board before their vote. I feel that they are not appreciated enough for what they provide. As a parent of a child with special needs, I see firsthand the misplaced priorities and politics that plague our school board, and the disrespect shown to those who dare to think differently. Paid for and Authorized by the Republican Party of Virginia Beach. The Virginian-Pilot asked the candidates about who they are and what they’d do if elected. Trashmore YMCA and Tidewater Council Boys Scouts, and former board member Virginia Symphony. VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Beach school board faced a long night. • First, executing Compass to 2025, our strategic plan. 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. What are your specific qualifications for this office? Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. I absolutely believe there are racial inequities and I agree that we needed to pass the policy that allows for a study. Washington Building First Floor 1100 Bank Street, Richmond, VA 23219 Phone (804) 864-8901 Is the district doing enough to address school security concerns? Ed. We must increase teacher pay so we can attract and retain teachers. Candidates in this election and votes received: Dorothy Madelene Holtz (30.0%), Laura King Hughes (23.3%), Robert Nicholas Melatti (22.3%), Seko Benjamin-Eric Varner (13.9%), and Stephen August Johnston (10.0%). The closer Virginia Beach got to a COVID status that would reopen schools, the further reopening was pushed back. Virginia Beach is the largest city in Virginia in terms of population and is represented by multiple State Senators and Delegates in the General Assembly. Your email address will not be published. First Name * Last Name * Email * Trenace Riggs Joins with Commonwealth Leaders to Seek COVID-19 Relief from Congress. I hope you will support me in my re-election on November 3, 2020. 3. Infrastructure & security personnel improvements & training, more cameras and sensors. There are racial inequities. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS. I will advocate for the School Board to prioritize salary increases in the yearly budget and also lobby city council and the General Assembly to provide the necessary funding. Occupation: Senior SharePoint Consultant; business owner, Cutulus. I’m happy to see that the current school board voted to adopt an equity policy, but that is just the first step to address racial biases and disparities in our public schools. 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. 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 Department of Elections envisions an electoral process that is trustworthy and accountable at all levels and engages Virginia’s diverse citizenry in the most fundamental right: the right to vote. 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