Rockingham County School Board Race Gets Political

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. Two seats are up for grabs on the Rockingham County Public School Board. Parents will vote on November 5th, the same day they will vote for the next governor of Virginia.

The seats available on the Rockingham County School Board are in districts one and three. There are three candidates running for district three, where things are heating up as politics develops in the race.

"There's discussions about our SOLs. There is the new A-F grading policy," said Renee Reed who is one of the candidates for school board member in district three.

Dave Briggman, another candidate, says he's hoping to enact more changes in the classroom.

"I was very surprised to walk into my seventh graders civics class this year and learn that his civics textbook was ten years old," said Briggman.

Finally, the third candidate Jim Elmore wants to alter the way Rockingham County Public Schools test.

"To bring about common sense change to how we handle the SOL test and the use of those scores," said Elmore.

The Rockingham County School Board race is suppose to be non-partisan, nonetheless one of the candidates running for district three disagrees.

"I think if a candidate is going to say that two weeks before the election for governor that he is undecided, as Mr. Elmore I believe related to you, the candidate is not being honest with you," said Briggman.

He says he openly stands with Ken Cuccinelli's education plan. Elmore chooses not to align with a candidate for governor's plan.

"You'll see that I appeal to a wide spectrum of political view points. Everything from the Republicans to the Democrats and Independents in between," said Elmore.

Reed has not openly affiliated with any political parties. She says the race is about the schools.

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