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