Chesterfield elects new school board

New School Board elected

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - A new group of educators, Chesterfield County Public Schools parents, and lifelong residents are set to lead the school district following Tuesday’s general election.

No incumbents ran for office, leaving all five seats on the Chesterfield School Board open.

A brand new school board will take over in Chesterfield.
A brand new school board will take over in Chesterfield. (Source: NBC 12)

Ann Coker: Bermuda District

Coker was raised in the Bermuda District, and attended Enon Elementary, Chester Middle and graduated from Thomas Dale High.

Coker has a background in psychology and business administration. Her four children attend Chesterfield schools.

Thank you doesn’t even begin to express my appreciation to EVERYONE who has supported me during this amazing journey! ...

Posted by Ann Crawley Coker for School Board - Bermuda on Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Dot Heffron: Clover Hill District

Heffron recently stepped away from the classroom to run for office. She was a middle school teacher in CCPS.

“I am humbled and honored to have been elected by the people of the Clover Hill District to serve on the school board. I am eager to begin work within the new School Board to develop policies that support greater equity among our schools and students, resolve transportation concerns, and address the creation and funding of a school budget that reflects the needs of our division and works in concert with the Board of Supervisors and County Administrator to fully fund our schools.”
Dot Heffron statement to NBC 12

Debbie Bailey: Dale District

Bailey is a retired teacher who won 2015 Middle School Teacher of the Year for Chesterfield County.

“I am excited to serve the citizens of Chesterfield as the Dale District Representative on the Chesterfield County School Board. Over the next four years I look forward to ensuring every student has engaging learning experiences connecting them to their passions and helping them imagine their tomorrow.”
Debbie Bailey statement to NBC 12

Ryan Harter: Matoaca

Harter is a military veteran who has taught civics and economics and Chesterfield County and Prince George.

“I have served our country during time of need and then transitioned to fill another need in our classrooms," Harter wrote on his campaign page. "I vow to work with: members of the community, school leaders, the board of supervisors, and other elected officials to continue improving Chesterfield County Schools.”

Kathryn Haines: Midlothian

Haines has a background in urban planning. She has children in all 3 levels of the school system.

""I want to thank the over 14,000 people who expressed their confidence in me with their vote yesterday. I will work each and every day so ALL kids in our county receive a first-class education. I will advocate both with the Board of Supervisors and our General Assembly Members for additional funding for our schools while spending tax dollars wisely. "This afternoon, when our elementary bus driver dropped off the kids, she gave me the thumbs up because she knows I will keep my promise to raise support staff salaries. "I look forward to working together with parents, teachers and staff to create the best public schools in the Commonwealth. "
Kathryn Haines statement to NBC 12

The Chesterfield Education Association, an education non-profit says they are “excited to see the level of knowledge," amongst the new school board.

The CEA recommended 4 of the 5 candidates who won their races. The CEA did not have a recommendation in the Bermuda District.

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