Could a Shakeup be on the Way for Local School Board?

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

Local elections are only a few days away and cities and towns across the Valley are gearing up for multiple races.

In some of those elections, we could see a power shift.

The Staunton City Council election is on Tuesday but do not expect big changes in this one. This year there are four candidates. Three of those candidates already serve on the council.

Erik Curren, a newcomer in the race, said he wants to bring more prosperity to the Valley.

The race this year is uncontested.

A tax hike passed last night in the city and one council member said the council should have a smooth transition.

“We as a council do get along pretty well,” said City Council Member Ophie Kier. “When we have issues, we sit in work sessions and we discuss the issues and from there decide what we're going to do, but then we realize after we leave there we're still connected as cohorts or friends.”

Polls will open Tuesday morning at 8 a.m.

New members of the Staunton School Board could be elected.

Valley parents are paying special attention to these elections, especially for the school board.

The Staunton School Board could see a shakeup in the coming weeks because half of the slots on the board are up for grabs.

Six candidates are running for three seats on the board.

Laura Carter has a sixth grader in a Staunton Middle School and she said she's paying more attention to this year's election than in years before.

“It's a big mix-up over here,” said Carter. “And it seemed like no one knows what's going on. We need to get someone in there to get things straight. I really do believe.”

Parents are talking about this year's budget and the quality of education for their children.

The school district will get about $10-million from the city's budget to help with costs.

Carter said the changes could be for the better.

“It's sudden, but I think it's going to be for the best, I truly do,” said Carter. “I'm not saying everything's horrible, I'm not saying that in any way. It's just time for a change I believe.”

Elections all around the Valley will be held on May 1st.


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