"I come from proud a family that has been involved with public service for as long as I can remember. I want to work for you. Our teachers need better pay, special education needs to equal the quality of general education, and the student abuse must stop. I have over two decades of government experience, I know what it takes to find solutions, navigate the government bureaucracy, and get things done."
LIST OF ISSUES
Teacher pay in Berkeley County needs to be addressed. Teachers can easily go to Virginia or Maryland for higher wages. I believe our teachers pay needs to be increased to compete with neighboring districts. Better pay will not only keep our teachers we love in Berkeley County, it will also attract good quality teachers from neighboring school districts.
There has been too much in the local news in regards to student abuse, and alleged student abuse in our county. There should be no student abuse in our schools. I will work to address the abuse to get it to stop, and to protect our teachers from any false claims.
Special education needs are close to my heart. My wife and I have two children in the Berkeley County school system with special needs. I believe the quality of education for special needs students should be the same quality as the general education population. I will work hard to make sure these kids are not forgotten about.
I would like to bring school choice to Berkeley County. Parents should be able to choose what school their child can go to if their child's current school does not meet their educational needs.
I want to look at the Berkeley County School Board policies, and see if any of them are up to date. The current school attendance policy needs to be updated. It has good intentions, but some parents that have kids with serious health conditions. These serious health conditions can interfere with attendance. Parents get roped into legal battles dealing with truancy charges because this policy does not address students with serious health issues.
I want to bring fiscal responsibility to the Berkeley County School Board. I would like to audit the budget to see if any funds can be reallocated properly, and not waste tax payer dollars.