Promises and Accomplishments

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Areas of Focus

  • Champion neighborhood schools, with small class sizes in the boundary process.
  • Increase resources for our schools by working with the County Board of Supervisors, Richmond, and business and community leaders.
  • Increase access to early childhood education and ensure all children have a safe, secure, and nurturing environment.
  • Attract and retain high-quality educators with competitive salaries, benefits, and a positive school culture.
  • Leverage my experience in the schools, the community, and 30 years of business experience to ensure the budgets and school programs are well managed.

Accomplishments

  • Negotiated letter of intent with County, Schools and Northern Virginia Community College to bring early college opportunities and increase career certifications available to Mount Vernon Region Students
  • Obtained support for the development and implementation of the "Passport to Mount Vernon and Lee" for our 4th grade students
  • Increased teacher pay
  • Worked with Planning Commission Schools Committee to increase flexibility in school designs for the 21st century
  • Decreased number of students on pre-K wait list
  • Ensured all schools in Mount Vernon are Accredited
  • Community School Established at Walt Whitman
  • Hired superintendent and auditor general
  • Adopted the One Fairfax Policy on Equity
  • Increased transparency and accountability by adding measurable goals to strategic plan, linked strategic plan to budget and greater oversight on contracting.
  • Working with Board of Supervisors introduces free bus pass program for MS and HS students riding on Fairfax Public buses.  Worked to maintain bus routes in south county with connections to middle and high school.
  • Revised policy on rights of rights for divorced parents
  • Adopted the new School Resource Officer Memorandum of Understanding to clearly delineate role of SROs from School Based Administrators
  • Increased Transparency in Contracting
  • Reviewed Safety and Security Policies and Procedures 
  • Increased mental health professionals in our middle and high schools
  • Adopted a Climate Change Policy and establishing a Joint Environmental Task Force with Board of Supervisors
  • Expanded curriculum to address increases in substance abuse and dependencies
  • Directed Superintendent to undertake a thorough review of division's discipline policies including dis-proportionality

Additional Responsibilities

  • Member of THRIVE Advisory Board for Affordable Housing, Regional Housing Authority
  • Member Affordable Housing Task Force Established by Board of Supervisors 
  • OMVHS Visioning Task Force Steering Committee Member (former Chair)