N.Va. voters weigh school bonds, a new School Board member in Woodbridge

While most of the state has been focused on a contentious governor’s race this year, there are several choices voters in Northern Virginia will face lower down on the ballot that will affect their local schools.

Here’s a rundown:

●In Prince William County, voters will select a School Board member in the Woodbridge District on Tuesday.

Steven Keen was appointed to the seat in January after Denita Ramirez resigned in November. He also served on the board from 1996 to 2003 and has vowed to use his experience to reduce class size and improve the long-term budget planning process.

His opponent is Lorree Williams, an executive administrator at an investment firm and a parent with two sons, who has said she would advocate for early childhood intervention programs and be an advocate for underperforming students.

●In Arlington County, voters are expected to formally elect James M. Lander for a second term on the School Board. He is running unopposed on Tuesday’s ballot, after surviving a close race for the Democratic endorsement in May.

● Fairfax County voters are being asked to pass a biennial school bond for $250 million that will fund construction of two new elementary schools in the eastern end of the county and the renovation of about two dozen schools across the county, including three high schools.

The 185,000-student school system has add 15,000 new students in five years.

● Loudoun County voters have four bond questions to weigh in on, including one asking to finance $10.8 million for the cost of additions at Mercer Middle School and Freedom High School and to upgrade the stadium at Loudoun County High School.

And for a last minute look at how gubernatorial candidates Ken Cuccinelli II and Terry envision the future of public schools in Virginia, read this.

Michael Alison Chandler writes about schools and families in the Washington region.
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