Thursday, June 14, 2012
Alexandria City Councilwoman Alicia Hughes attempted to file for School Board candidacy at the Tuesday deadline.
Alexandria City Councilwoman Alicia Hughes told Patch Wednesday evening that she will not protest a decision by Voter Registrar Tom Parkins that prevented her from filing for School Board candidacy. “There’s not going to be a challenge,” said Hughes, adding that her energy needs to be focused on her family after her father was recently diagnosed with cancer. Hughes, already a Republican nominee for re-election to council this year, was turned away from the city’s Voter Registration and Elections Office just after the 7 p.m. Tuesday deadline for citizens to file for candidacy for School Board. She knocked on the locked door of the registrar’s office but was not allowed to file any paperwork by Parkins, who said the time was 7:01 p.m. Hughes…
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Just three incumbents seeking return to office.
The race for Alexandria School Board includes just three incumbents among 17 total candidates in three districts. The deadline to file for candidacy was 7 p.m. Tuesday. Helen Morris is running for re-election in District A, while incumbents Marc Williams and Ronnie Campbell are looking to return in District B and C, respectively. Chairman Sheryl Gorsuch and members Charles Wilson, Mimi Carter, Blanche Maness and Yvonne Folkerts did not file paperwork for re-election. Arthur Peabody took himself out of the running for re-election after entering the City Council race. Gorsuch told Patch on Tuesday night at the Alexandria Democratic Committe's Unity Victory party: "It was a difficult decision and I had mixed feelings but I've resolved to …
Monday, June 11, 2012
Alexandrian Karen Graf says she looks forward to finding out the full roster of School Board candidates, who must file by Tuesday, and has had a fulfilling campaign during the last three months.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Dear Editor: Only one day remains for candidates to register for November’s Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) School Board election. When I announced my candidacy nearly three months ago, I circled this date on my calendar. I had so much to do, so much to accomplish, to build the foundation for a successful campaign. Visiting schools, meeting with teachers, speaking with current board members, educating myself, developing a point of view, honing my message, reaching out to the community, rallying support, raising funds. My “to do” list seemed endless, and every completed task raised two or three new avenues to explore. Now, it is tomorrow. Ten weeks have never flown by so fast. I can’t claim to have accomplished everything that I …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
West End resident says parents and students should have input into policy decisions.
West End resident Chris Lewis filed papers last week to become a candidate for Alexandria School Board in District C. In a statement released Tuesday, Lewis said he wanted to focus on improving community engagement in schools and focus on achievement for all students. “Every one of us has a stake in having strong schools that attract families to Alexandria, and so we must work together to give all our children the support they need,” Lewis said. Lewis is currently the deputy director of the Federal Communication Commission’s Office of Legislative Affairs. Before joining the FCC more than three years ago, Lewis was the North Carolina field director for the Obama campaign and worked as an organizer in several primary states. He also …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Six-year Alexandria resident has more than than a decade of experience working with public school students, teachers and administrators.
Kelly Carmichael Booz officially announced her candidacy for Alexandria School Board in District B on Wednesday through a media release. “Alexandria public schools have implemented some effective, fresh approaches to improve educational outcomes, but more needs to be done,” Booz said in a statement. “We need a top-to-bottom review of our schools to build on what is working here and multiply the impact. Alexandria should be leading educational performance results in Northern Virginia, not lagging. We must do that through credible, transparent and school-centered leadership that expects and inspires excellence.” The six-year Alexandria resident currently serves as the director of civic education at the Center for the Constitution at James …
Friday, May 11, 2012
Alexandria School Board candidate Chris Yianilos writes of his experiences and how his mother and teachers shaped him into who he is today.
Friday, May 11, 2012
To the editor: This week provides two special opportunities to give thanks to those in our lives who have made a difference. In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week and Mother's Day I wish to say two simple, yet profound words, that often go unspoken: Thank you. I was born and raised in Northern Virginia and am proud to have been educated in public schools. My father passed away when I was 10 years old, and my mother raised three kids as a single parent. She cleaned houses for a living to make ends meet, and taught me along the way the importance of hard work. As you might expect, I had a great deal of responsibility and freedom thrust upon me at a young age. Fortunately, I was blessed with amazing and caring teachers who educated …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Alexandria City Councilwoman Alicia Hughes says she has given thought to a hybrid school board that is partially council-appointed and partially elected.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
To the editor, That in the past few months there have been issues of extraordinary concern and increasing public outrage over ACPS is well-understood. I realize that as leaders, the community looks to the City Council for guidance and answers when things go wrong and as the City Council has taxing authority and makes decisions routinely impacting the quality of our private lives, a reliance on us is also well-understood. The questions become what can we do as a body to make things better and convey in a way that is meaningful our belief in a need for change, both short-term and long-term? There are no great theatrics here, no sensational or salacious way to claim a power that doesn’t exist. As I’ve already said, City Council cannot fire …
Monday, April 9, 2012
Chris Yianilos worked on education issues as a staffer for former U.S. Sen. John Warner.
Chris Yianilos, a former deputy chief of staff for retired U.S. Sen. John Warner, announced his candidacy for Alexandria School Board in District B on Thursday night at a meeting of the Alexandria Republican City Committee. Yianilos, who currently works for Virginia Tech as its director of federal relations on Capitol Hill, said he would like to take his experience working on issues of kindergarten through 12th grade and higher education in Warner’s office and translate it to Alexandria. “You don’t have to look too far into the newspaper to know there are some real challenges facing the school system,” Yianilos said. “I think I can bring a fresh set of ideas, a fresh look.” Yianilos is married with two children under the age of 4. He and…
Thursday, September 8, 2011
New School Board Chairman Sheryl Gorsuch talks with Alexandria Patch editors about the board's agenda for the coming year.
One of the most pressing issues facing Alexandria City Public Schools is rapidly growing enrollment, according to new School Board Chairman Sheryl Gorsuch. Gorsuch was elected to her new position on July 1 after serving as vice chair during the last school year. She’s lived in Alexandria for more than 20 years and currently has two children at T.C. Williams High School and one recent graduate. “Our enrollment growth has been really high… which is not surprising given global conditions and migration patterns,” she said in an interview with Alexandria Patch editors. “I really think that Alexandria is a bellwether for what’s about to happen across the country. We’re on the leading edge of trends in terms of how many [English Language Learners…