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Editorial: Know your school board: Gloucester

The school system plays an important role, and its impact is felt far beyond the classroom.

The school division is often a locality’s single largest employer and it provides a trained workforce to keep a community vibrant. A good school system can attract new residents, while a poor one can cause a similar flight in the other direction. Schools provide the setting for numerous community events, from concerts to football games. A school division is truly the heart and soul of its community.

Gloucester County Public Schools serves approximately 5,400 students in five elementary schools (Abingdon, Achilles, Bethel, Botetourt and Petsworth), two middle schools (Page and Peasley) and Gloucester High School.

The Gloucester County School Board is the official policy-making body for Gloucester County Public Schools. Its seven members oversee the schools’ day-to-day operations. They are also responsible for long-term planning, developing policies governing its students and facult...

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