As a father, I feel there are few things more important for our children than a good education. Our family takes great pride in the fact that my wife was the valedictorian of Spotsylvania County's Courtland high school in 1987 and went on to attend one of the best medical schools in the world, Johns Hopkins University med school. I attended Iowa public schools growing up and have a Bachelor's in Business Administration (BBA-finance) for my undergraduate degree and a Masters of Science in Systems Management. I also attended numerous schools - to include very demanding flight school - while I served over 20 years in the United States Marine Corps.
Indeed, Spotsylvania County has some of the best public and private schools in our nation and I'm proud to be a supporter of our school system.
During this year's (2015 - 2016) budget process I fully supported a proposed budget alternative (click here to hear it) made by my fellow board member - Dr. Paul Trampe - which would have reduced the school's funding gap from $1.3 million to a few hundred thousand without raising taxes while reducing the personal property tax by a nickel. Unfortunately, the Board voted down this proposal 5 to 2 (click here to see vote). . . with Paul and I voting for it.
Although we were unable to close the budget gap this year - we certainly have done a good amount of work for our schools over the past three plus years while I have served on the Board of Supervisors. Please see some key improvements below.
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