Ed Elswick

Where I Stand in Support of Roanoke County Schools

I fully support Roanoke County Schools. The administration, teachers, and staff do a wonderful job as shown in our local, state, and national rankings. For example, Newsweek magazine ranked Hidden Valley High School as number twenty-two in the state. In comparison to the prior year our on-time graduation rate rose over two percent in the 2012-2013 school year, increasing to 93.8 percent (state average is 89.1 percent). Last year 60 percent of Roanoke County graduates earned advanced diplomas (graduating with 24 credits including coursework for credits in a combination of math, English, science, social science, foreign language, history and fine or practical arts) compared to 48.6 percent in the state.

During the past four years, I have always voted for the school board's proposed budget and their request for needed capital projects. The local appropriation for the 2013-2014 school year was $64,568,000 (37.8 percent of the county budget), which was an increase of $568,000 from the prior school year appropriation. Even though total revenue in the County has decreased and the state government is providing less to our schools than in prior years, I am committed to fully support our Roanoke County schools.

I earned both my bachelors and masters degrees in education. My career began as a high school teacher, so I understand the frustration that teachers and parents feel with unfunded mandates from both the state and federal level. As a Board member I will continue to work with legislators to enable local school systems to have a greater voice. After all, no one knows what students need to succeed more than their classroom teachers.

Continuing to recognize schools, students, and former students at our Board of Supervisors meetings is a privilege. I was especially proud to introduce a resolution at the May 28, 2013 meeting honoring Luke Hancock who graduated from Hidden Valley High School and brought national recognition to our county when he was named "Most Outstanding Player" of the 2013 Final Four National Men's College Basketball Tournament.

As a citizen and as a Supervisor, Roanoke County Schools bring a sense of pride: in our students, school administration, parents, and of course, our teachers. You can be assured I will continue to give our schools the highest priority in our budgetary considerations.

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