As a mother of two children in Prince William County Schools, I have a greater motivation to make our schools the best they can be than most.
I’m proud of the work our county school board members like Gil Trenum, Willie Deutsch, and Alyson Satterwhite have done. But, by and large, the body has largely chosen to put advancing a radical political agenda over what they’re getting paid to do, or should do – which is to make sure our children receive a first-class education.
They must set their agenda aside and get back to the basics.
The board must also be more transparent about their spending. Overspending on new facilities have taxpayers questioning the budget process, and with good reason.
Instead of building lavish new “nine-figure” facilities, perhaps we should be a little more modest when we build our schools in the future.
The classic brick-and-mortar structures you and I were taught out of were good enough for us.
They’re good enough for my two children, as well.
$90 or $95 million for a new building will work just fine.
I support using the money we would save on new facilities to go towards giving our teachers a needed pay increase.
Keeping Our Children Safe
Public safety is a key tenet of my campaign, and that is especially true for our children.
You should feel secure when you drop your kids off at school in the morning or when they walk to the bus stop that they will be safe and their school will provide for a safe learning environment.
That’s why I will use my background in law enforcement to help recruit former police officers and first responders to serve as resource officers to provide for our children’s safety in the event of the unthinkable.
This is something none of us as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and friends want to think about, but our children’s safety is absolutely paramount.
The Price of Our Current Approach to Development
Finally, we must acknowledge how the county’s current “growth-at-all-costs” strategy has affected our children’s education.
Along with increased traffic, school overcrowding ranks at the very top of the harmful consequences resulting from our two-decade long approach to development.
Prince William County presently has the most overcrowded schools in the entire Commonwealth of Virginia, and the lowest teacher to student ratio in Northern Virginia.
These truths put our children at a real disadvantage.
The status quo either has them learning out of $100 million dollar plus facilities – or trailers. One is unacceptable for our children, the other for the taxpayer.
A more balanced approach development that slows the population explosion and allows our infrastructure, like school facilities, to catch up to our population growth will help solve the issue of overcrowding.