Gloucester school board candidates air platforms at forum

Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Oct 16, 2013 - 01:44 PM

Though each candidate running for the Gloucester County School Board is unopposed in the Nov. 5 general election, the four hopefuls took an opportunity to describe their platforms during a Middle Peninsula League of Voters-sponsored forum Sunday afternoon at the Gloucester Library.

Gloucester Point district candidate Troy Andersen said he is a product of the Gloucester County Public Schools system, which has helped him get into several colleges and eventually to his current job with the federal government. Therefore, he said he feels strongly about the education system and decided to run for elected office.

York district candidate Carla Hook said she is also a product of the local school system, having graduated from Gloucester High School in 1988. She believes strongly in the portion of Virginia’s Constitution which states supervision of schools should be invested in a school board.

"It’s an exciting time to be on the school board," Hook said, especially with the new Page Middle School being built and the fact that high-stakes testing is coming under more scrutiny.

Anita Parker, Petsworth district candidate, said she became interested in the school system early on, when her three children were students in the county. "I think it’s imperative to stay involved," Parker said, "and I’m determined to do that."

She said she appreciates the confidence of the people evident by the fact that no one is running against her and said, "We all bring something different" to the school board.

At-large candidate Charles Records, the only potential newcomer to the board, said he too is a product of the school system and has been involved with various school-related activities including coaching Parks and Recreation basketball and serving on the T.C. Walker-Woodville/Rosenwald School Foundation.

Records said he is running for the seat because he would like to see the county return to a 180-day school calendar and to develop ideas to save money in the school budget to be able to focus on what he feels are more important aspects of the budget.