Friday, June 29, 2007

Botetourt write-ins ready for election

A longtime Richmond education reporter and a parent plan to run for the school board seat.
The Roanoke Times
By Jay Conley

Robert Holland is new to Botetourt County, but not to the subject of education....

... So when Holland, 65, learned no one filed to appear on the November ballot to represent the Blue Ridge District on the Botetourt County School Board, he decided to start a campaign as a write-in candidate....

... The only way now for someone to get elected to the Blue Ridge District seat is through a write-in campaign. The candidate with the most write-in votes on Election Day, Nov. 6, will win....

...Swortzel hopes Blue Ridge District voters will support him....

...Scot Finley, who's also involved with the Blue Ridge Boosters, initially expressed an interest in being a candidate but has since thrown his support behind Swortzel....

... "Just looking at the numbers, it's a pretty high-achieving school system on the whole," said Holland, who moved to Blue Ridge in 2005. "I would like to see some discussion on some sort of system of rewarding excellent teaching. Not just basing it on test scores but looking at the whole picture of what constitutes great teaching."...

..."I think we have a good school system in Botetourt," Swortzel said. "I think we're moving in the right direction."...

...Swortzel is assistant director for sales and training at Shenandoah Life Insurance Co. in Roanoke. He has a son who will be a ninth-grader at Lord Botetourt High School in the fall, a son at Read Mountain Middle, another son at Colonial Elementary and a pre-school-age daughter....

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