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Letter to the Editor: Kapsis and Morris for School Board in District A

Former Alexandria School Board member Scott Newsham offers his District A endorsements.

To the Editor:

The next Alexandria City School Board has its work cut out as they try to restore credibility to the body and demonstrate that an elected board can provide Alexandria with effective public education leadership. They will need to focus on the three primary functions of a school board: (1) setting policy and goals; (2) adopting a budget that reflects the needs of the school system with consideration given to all public business before the City; and (3) ensuring the superintendent meets their expectations in administering the schools.

I attended the candidate forums at Mount Vernon Community School and George Washington Middle School, read the information provided on the candidates' websites and their responses to other surveys, and spoke with them to varying degrees. 

Having observed them in a public setting and considered their personal and professional backgrounds, I believe that Stephanie Kapsis and Helen Morris are best suited to represent District A. They understand what is required for the Board, Schools and City to succeed and are well prepared to take on the pressing issues of facility development/utilization, financing and administration oversight.

Scott Newsham
Former Member of Alexandria City School Board (2006-2009)

Mark Williams November 06, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Wow -- completely wrong! Never right for a moment! "Gail," your claim is positively bizarre and utterly baseless.
NoBS November 06, 2012 at 03:49 AM
So you are not the Mark Williams who works at Bingham with Marc Williams? Are you merely posting under his name?
Linda Kelly November 06, 2012 at 03:53 AM
You do realize that you get three votes, right Mary?
Edmund Lewis November 06, 2012 at 03:56 AM
In Mr. Williams' defence of current ACPS leadership he won't even attempt to acknowledge or explain the continued failure of ACPS to improve the academic environment at Jefferson Houston. Data be damned. Forget the three year trend of academic decline at Jefferson Houston. Forget the recent criticism and questioning of the Virginia Board of Education regarding the unacceptable state of Jefferson Houston. Forget the state board's refusal to grant conditional accreditation. If the Superintendent and company say it is improving, then almighty it must be improving. Let us all see the light!
Mary Wurl November 06, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Yes I do, Linda. I'm not feeling sure enough in my gut about the other candidates. As a teacher, I try to read between the lines of their campaign literature and questionnaire answers to find the real agenda - the others leave me a little wary.

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