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October 16, 2019 · OPINION

Shelly Norden the clear choice for school board

Shelly Norden seeks the Scott District school board seat in the Nov. 5 election.
By Mary Page
New Baltimore

As you consider your choices for the Scott District school board member, please know that Shelly Norden is far and away the strongest candidate. Her concise, fact-driven answers presented at the debate held a few weeks ago proves this fact.

While I applaud both Mike Hammond and Suzanne Sloane for their efforts, they simply can't compare to the insight and hands-on experience that Mrs. Norden will bring to the job. Mr. Hammond’s experience lies in the business world. And while Mrs. Sloane works in education, her years running an online institution are hardly relevant to those of us committed to the public school experience.

I want a woman in place who is intimately familiar with the ongoing issues unfolding in our bricks-and-mortar buildings, a woman who really knows the issues because she’s lived them for decades as a public school teacher right here in Fauquier.

If you were unable to attend the debate, I invite you to check out Shelly Norden’s Facebook page. It’s all there. Watch the video clips and see for yourself what succinct, direct answers sound like, experience how refreshing it is to listen to someone get right to the point. Her logical, experience driven approach will do more to improve our school system than either of her opponents.

The choice is clear: Shelly Norden for school board.
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Rusty Wheel · November 4, 2019 at 10:08 pm
Anyone except Norden because Fauquier needs strong school management.
Sammy · October 18, 2019 at 2:25 pm
Bizarre to read Ms. Norden strongly deny -- "couldn't be further from the truth" -- that school board members represent school management. As EducatedCitizen makes clear below, that is precisely the job description for school board members: Manage the schools.

Agreed on one thing: Everyone should vote. My vote will be for the school board that will best manage the schools on behalf of taxpayers.

If we create a seat for students, or a seat for teachers, let them choose their representatives to speak for them. We voting citizens deserve representatives that can best manage the schools for us.
EducatedCitizen · October 17, 2019 at 10:23 am
Agree Silii. While her heart may be in the right place, the School Board makes decisions on spending something around 60% of the county's overall budget. It's almost $100M a year and it deserves the kind of acumen you get from people with business and budgeting experience. I'll be voting for Hammond based on what I'm hearing from him.
Silii · October 16, 2019 at 7:24 pm
Keep in mind running a school district IS a business, big business. The complicated funding streams, budgeting, negotiating contracts, letting contracts, personnel policies... She has none of this experience. Touchy feely doesn't cut it. I for one want someone with a good business background. The candidates' debate a few weeks ago was quite revealing regarding which candidates have the extensive background. Norden isn't one of them.
Sammy · October 16, 2019 at 1:20 pm
Teacher friends say she's been trying to organize a teachers' union effort that fizzled. Now she wants to sit on the other side of the bargaining table and represent management?

I trust Sloane's education management experience, businessman Hammond seems a decent candidate for those seeking change. Norden's not the choice for this parent and she's the wrong candidate for citizens whose voices should be -- and are already -- represented on the school board.
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