- Advocating for School Security: While the State's recent grant to fund full-time school resource officers (SROs) in our middle schools is a great victory, the events of Newtown prove that evil does not discriminate based on age and we need to enlist the program throughout our school division to the elementary school level to ensure that even our most innocent are given the same amount of protection.
- Revisiting Class Sizes: With more and more demands being put on our teachers, the larger class sizes not only make their jobs more difficult, it makes it nearly impossible for them to be able to spend one-on-one time with any of his/her students that may need extra help. To add to that, we've recently cut "specialists" that would otherwise pick up that slack. We need to bring our class sizes down to more manageable levels.
- Ensuring Responsible Utilization of School Capacity: Some members of the community are suggesting we use the underutilized space at Stafford Middle School (Post Grafton Elementary) for uses other than what it is intended - it is the will of this community to keep our Middle School open and unencumbered and I will strongly advocate that it remain a traditional middle school in order to provide for the space needed for growth that’s expected from the Courthouse Road housing developments.
- Increasing Dual-Enrollment Choices at all Schools: While the increases in International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement Programs of Excellence (APPX) choices are growing, we have seen a decrease in available courses that help our students achieve college credits or general education courses. It is my intent to advocate for bringing more options to our students to help them apply their HS efforts to getting a jump start on their post-secondary or vocational education.
- Hiring and Retaining Quality Bus Drivers: The past two years have presented us with significant challenges in getting our kids to and from school in a timely manner. Aside from our traffic challenges, it is the shortage of bus drivers in Stafford County that is upsetting the balance of school life and family time. When our kids are sitting in school waiting for a "2nd run" bus to bring them home, that's time away from homework, sports, clubs, scouts and family dinners. We need to ensure we hire and retain our bus drivers by providing a competitive salary.
- Hiring and Retaining Qualified Teachers: Our best and brightest have finally gotten the increases they deserve, but how do we recover from the exodus we've already experienced? We've got to ensure we're doing everything to keep our teachers and staff right here going forward. We need to exercise some creative retention incentives and that means putting our heads together with our County Supervisors to come up with innovative and creative tax incentives.
- Strengthening Anti-Bullying and Anti-Drug Campaigns: The Sheriff's Office does an amazing job educating our youth on the consequences of drug use and bullying, however, we need to be doing more. It is my hope that my work with the Sheriff's office will continue into my term to help the children and families of Stafford deal with these inevitable hurdles.
- Continuing to Advocate for Special Needs Programs: Having first hand experience with Child Find, IEP's and 504 Plans, I can tell you that the journey new parents navigate is not an easy one. It is my hope to assist Stafford County residents in simplifying the process set out by Federal mandates by mapping out easier ways to help your special and exceptional children with evaluations and services.