Provided by Manassas City School Board
Members of the School Board of the City of Manassas attended the Virginia School Boards Association’s Capital Conference January 23-24 in Richmond. The event brought together school board members, superintendents, state delegates and senators, and others to consider the major educational issues facing the 2017 General Assembly.
Member of the board in attendance included, Chairman Tim Demeria, Vice-Chairman Scott Albrecht and new members Robyn Williams and Peter O’Hanlon.
Attendees heard from a variety of presenters and speakers, including:
- The Honorable Terry McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia
- First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe
- The Honorable Dietra Trent, Virginia Secretary of Education
- The Honorable Steve Staples, Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Dr. Bob Holsworth, President, Virginia Tomorrow, LLC
- James Regimbal, Principal, Fiscal Analytics, Ltd
- Deborah Rigsby, Director of Federal Legislation, National School Boards Association
Those in attendance also received information from subject-area experts on a variety of topics, including the ever-changing political scene in Virginia, state budget issues, and legislation being considered that will have an impact on public education and school board operations.
According to Gina Patterson, VSBA executive director, “The VSBA Capital Conference is grassroots lobbying at its best. It gives Virginia school board members the opportunity to share important information with legislators about the future of education in Virginia.”
Participating school board members were encouraged to visit with their respective legislators and attend the General Assembly session on day two of the conference. Demeria, who met with Senator Jeremy McPike said, “I am proud of the fact that our Board has access to our state leaders and the opportunity to engage in dialogue about the issues facing public schools. By going and interacting with other board members across the state, we find that we are all in this together as we deal with fiscal challenges, while seeking to provide the best possible education for all students.”