Fredericksburg Parent

June 2014

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8 Fredericksburg Parent and Family • June 2014 letter to readers PRODUCTION PUBLISHER Leigh Anne Van Doren Tabitha & Jamie Nelle's mom EDITOR Elizabeth Jones Quincy & Hayden's mom OPERATIONS & MARKETING Heidi DiEugenio, President, HD Solutions Duke & Dane's mom OFFICE MANAGER Nancy Massanat Emily & Kyle's Mom ADVERTISING SALES REPRESENTATIVES Sheila Giscard; Jack's mom Jodi Urquhart; Noah & Carly's mom DESIGN & PRODUCTION Cheryl Carter, President, Carter Creations Alex, Kate & Jackie's mom WEBMASTER Karen Charney Joshua & Spencer's mom CALENDAR EDITOR Leigha Pecher Jake & Luke's mom CIRCULATION Krista Starosta Nick, Andrew, Kaylin & Kensington's mom COMMUNITY BLOGS Mary Becelia Katherine Laura & Robert Joseph's mom FACEBOOK COMMUNITY Elizabeth Jones: Jordan, Quincy & Hayden's mom Pamela Quinones: Corinn, Michael, Isabella & Dalton TWITTER & PINTEREST COMMUNITY MANAGER Brenda Sapanghila: Archer & Maddox's mom EVENT PLANNING & SCIENCE SATURDAYS Stephanie Maldonado; Julia, Tyler & Aiden's mom parent fredericksburg & family Entrepreneur of the Year PROUD FOUNDING MEMBER ADVERTISING PHONE 540/374-1495 E-MAIL CALENDAR & RESOURCE REQUESTS E-MAIL E-MAIL EDITORIAL PHONE 540/374-1495 • FAX 540/374-1672 E-MAIL SNAIL MAIL P.O. Box 7884, Fred'bg, VA 22404 The publishers reserve the right to reject any advertisement, editorial or listing that does not meet the publication's stan- dards. No part of this magazine may be reproduced with out permission. Listing and advertising rates are available upon request. Every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information contained herein, however, the publisher cannot guarantee such accuracy. Listings and advertisements are subject to typographical errors, ommissions and/or change without notice. For terms and condi- tions please visit our website at © Copyright 2014 Nurture, Inc. All rights reserved. Our County and Our Kids Depend on Us W hat's trending on our twitter feed? Stafford County parents are chattering about the Stafford County School Board's recent vote to cut many of the middle school math coaches. The cuts were made necessary by the Stafford County Board of Supervisors' failure to fully fund the school board's budget request for fiscal year 2015. In a May 14 article on the Stafford County School Board budget, Free Lance-Star education reporter Vanessa Remmers cites additional painful cuts which will lead to increased class sizes, decreased benefits to teachers and loss of staff. The story illuminates the change in Stafford County's long standing record of significant investments in great schools. Tough decisions are having to be made. For example, Stafford County has more special programs available to its students than any other local school system. [Full Disclosure: my husband and I bought a house and moved to Stafford County in 2011 to enroll our daughter in their outstanding Governor's Technical Academy for Engineering (STAT).] According to a school board source, focus groups asked to suggest additional cuts to the 2016 budget mentioned cutting or consolidating some of these special programs, which include the International Baccalaureate program, Advanced Placement classes and APPX diplomas, Commonwealth Governor's School and the Governor's Technical and Engineering Academies. Meanwhile, the area business community—represented by the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce—boasts at least three committees that emphasize the importance of preparing the area's workforce for STEM jobs.The FredTech committee recently awarded three area educators for outstanding work in STEM education. The Workforce NOW committee works tirelessly to encourage area students to prepare for demanding STEM careers and recently partnered with Stafford to create a Stafford Work and Education Program committee. The Military Affairs Council (MAC) was created to encourage the federal government to keep our military bases in the area during the Base Realignment (BRAC) discussion. This means they must prove to military decision- makers we have an educated populace ready to fill base jobs. There seems to be a new disconnect between what area business leaders are asking for in the workforce and community and the investment the Stafford County government is willing to make. What can our readers do? If you are a Stafford County parent who would like to encourage the Board of Supervisors to support your children's future, as well as the economic well-being of the Fredericksburg area in the future, apply to serve on school board committees. The applications to serve on the Finance committee and the Career Technical Education committee (the two most directly affecting budget and special programs) and many others are available at The new superintendent for Stafford County, Dr. Bruce Benson, has been here a mere five weeks at the time of this editorial's composition. Moving forward, he needs parental support to build a community willing to do what it takes to create an outstanding education system in FY 2016. Leigh Anne Van Doren publishes Fredericksburg Parent and Family. For more information and links to committees mentioned in this article, go to BY LEIGH ANNE VAN DOREN

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