McKeever Joins School Board Race

Attorney and former C’ville Democrats Chair Jennifer McKeever has joined the school board race.  #

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  • Her press release follows.

    Jennifer McKeever, mother of three and local attorney, announces her decision to seek election to the Charlottesville City School Board. Jennifer enters this race mindful of the hard decisions recently made by the School Board with a commitment to seeing those decisions come to fruition. Jennifer has been involved with the local Community Development Block Grant Task Force and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board advocating for children and education during her five year tenure on the boards.

    Jennifer’s goal is to continue the current Board’s legacy of success. Stephanie Bolton, a City parent, says “Jennifer has an analytical mind, she will ask questions and seek input from all parties to make good decisions for students.”

    Jennifer believes that great teachers are the key to creating a community ripe for student learning and achievement. The number of teachers graduating from education schools continues to decline, Jennifer believes the focus should be ensuring the most talented teachers come to Charlottesville. To do so, Jennifer states she “will champion initiatives that provide mentoring to new teachers and ongoing peer support for all teachers, in addition to professional development opportunities that inspire creativity and innovation.”
    Jennifer will advocate to ensure equal access to technology and an environment suitable for learning in the 21st Century. Specifically, Jennifer will ask City Council to expand wireless internet access to areas of the city currently underserved by internet access so that all students will be able to take advantage of the School’s technology initiatives at home and at school. Also, she will support school reconfiguration that brings a modern learning environment to Buford Middle School.

    The state’s contribution to the City’s school system shrinks every year. The BLAST Initiative is an excellent example of reducing textbook costs with technology– additional cost savings should be explored every year.

    Jennifer and her husband, Chris, have three boys. Two of her children, David and Andrew, are currently at Burnley Moran Elementary School entering second and third grade and the youngest is nine months old. The election is November 8, 2011.

  • “Jennifer enters this race mindful of the hard decisions recently made by the School Board with a commitment to seeing those decisions come to fruition.” Exactly what does this mean? Is this a way of saying she supports a $56M expenditure to remodel our schools? If so, why not just say so?
    “Specifically, Jennifer will ask City Council to expand wireless internet access to areas of the city currently underserved by internet access so that all students will be able to take advantage of the School’s technology initiatives at home and at school.” It is my understanding that all areas of the city have internet access. Is this a way of saying that she wants the City to provide free internet access to the homes of low income children or all homes in a neighborhood with certain demographics and anyone living in that neighborhood can access the internet?

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