Two candidates running for Williamsburg School Board

October 28th, 2007    Author: Rodney Beckwith    Filed Under: News

Voters in the Williamsburg School District have two candidates on the ballot this November for two school board seats. Shelly Nooe and Beth McManus, both current members of the board, are running unopposed to remain on the school board and help continue what they said has been years of progress in the district.

McManus, a graduate of Williamsburg Schools and 27-year resident of the district, said that the last four years have been good ones for Williamsburg.

“I think, over the past four years, there have been a lot of positive changes and I have been a part of that team,” said McManus. “We have a new school resource officer, we just got out of fiscal watch, we’ve implemented new programs like the full-day kindergarten. These are not all my ideas, but I bring a lot of ideas to the table. Over the last four years, we’ve had a good run.”

This election will mark her second term on the board of education. McManus has four children in the district, and spends her days working with children as an assistant Head Start director for Child Focus. McManus said that early childhood education is one of her specialties. This year, the district is enjoying its first year of all day kindergarten.

"School funding is at the top of everyone's list," said McManus. "That is critical to every district in the state. We also need to keep up with the report card, which is a snapshot of our district. We recently implemented full-day kindergarten, which I believe is a big benefit to the district."

Nooe, herself a teacher, works with eighth graders in Felicity-Franklin schools and has two students in the Williamsburg District. She recently became a board member when a former member stepped down. Citing her desire to be a part of the growth and development of the district, Nooe has been working to improve the communication between the district and parents.

"My teaching experience helps, because I know what it's like to be in the classroom," said Nooe. "The school district asked me to join, I'm already a member of the board by appointment. I've been working on parent and school communication. That's been a big complaint for me as a parent. We're working to get the teachers to make the correct information and grades available so parents can see how their students are doing on a weekly basis."
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