John T. Persinger, chairman of the Mathews County School Board, announced that he is seeking reelection to his third four-year term. Persinger first served on the school board from 2002 to 2005, returning to the post in 2008.
The Cobbs Creek resident has been employed at Newport News Shipbuilding for more than 21 years, and works as an electrical engineer in the Nuclear Overhaul department. A Richmond native, he graduated from Lee-Davis High School in Mechanicsville and holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech.
If reelected, Persinger said he plans to continue to build and strengthen the school board’s relationship with county supervisors.
"The board of supervisors and the community at-large have the final say in the funding that the school division received—it is important they understand why we need the funds we request and to see that those funds are appropriately spent for the improvement of our students and the retention of quality staff," he said.
Operating the school board in a transparent manner is another priority for Persinger. "Every vote by the school board is public," he said. "Again, the community will be more likely to financially support an open, quality school system that gets positive results for its students."
Expanding educational opportunities for the students is also high on Persinger’s list. "For our students," he said, "the school board must ensure that there is access to as many courses of study as we can support—studies tailored to special needs students as well as opportunities for our gifted learners.
"All the while, we must maintain our state SOL (Standards of Learning) accreditation, meet our federal No Child Left Behind AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) for all student groups, and continuously improve our programs to keep our AdvancED (formerly Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) accreditation," he continued.