Office sought: Harrisonburg City School Board
1. Why are you seeking election/re-election; and if successful, what are your three primary goals and how do you propose to address them?
I am seeking re-election to finish unfinished business and to continue to serve the community & its children. My primary goals are selection of a replacement superintendent for Dr. Scott Kizner, arrange for installation of solar panels on as many school buildings as possible with no upfront costs to the School Division or City of Harrisonburg, and bring into being a second high school for Harrisonburg as soon as is possible-hopefully 2022.
2. The health of our area economy is always a concern to REALTORS®. What will you do to advocate for economic development and small businesses?
The only direct connection that the School Board has to economic development is the best preparation of a skilled workforce through the most effective educational system we can offer. Our sole connection to small business is to engage them in the internship programs that we have for our high school students.
3. Affordable housing is a major concern for many area families. What do you support to help ease the housing crunch for local workforce families, and are there any steps that government can take to alleviate homelessness?
My views on these matters are outside the purview of my role as a member of the School Board, though the affordable housing crunch and homelessness certainly have impacts on the children in our schools. Our policies of nondiscrimination and focus on the success of every child mean that children affected by these circumstances are supported “more” than children not afflicted by such conditions.
4. Fair Housing programs are critical to a community because they provide an opportunity to those that face resistance to residency with an opportunity to secure a home. How can we work together to incorporate fair housing programs into the area?
Once again, this is outside the purview of actions or policies of the School Board.
5. As an Association representing 400 REALTOR® and affiliate members who live and work in the community, what role do you see HRAR playing in housing issue discussions and how can the Association work with you to improve the community?
I would hope that HRAR can be an advocate for relieving our community of the difficulties confronted by children and their families that result from unfair housing practices and the shortage of affordable housing.
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