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Longtime educator announces bid for school board seat

Former longtime educator Rita Best announced Sunday she plans to seek the ED-6 school board seat in the upcoming November election because she wants to represent the people and ensure county children have the best possible resources available to them in order for them to become successful adults in society.

Best is a retired educator from Halifax County Public Schools who has 34 years of teaching experience.

“I believe that it is essential for leaders of the community to work together with open dialogue. I look forward to working with other board members to improve the morale of teachers and staff of Halifax County,” said Best.

She is a member of Mason Chapel Baptist Church where she serves as superintendent of Sunday school and member of the choir. 

She is a graduate of Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in special education and is a graduate of Longwood University with a master’s degree as a reading specialist. 

Recently she furthered her education at George Mason University where she earned an endorsement in special education and general curriculum K-12.

Best is a strong supporter of the school system’s motto, “Children are first for a brighter future,” and as a board member, she said she plans to do what is right for the children and personnel of the school system.

“This means being honest, fair and up-front on important matters. I want to be a board member who is trusted, respected and who will look out for the best interests of everyone,” said Best.

She believes that because she is a former educator, she has a clear understanding of all aspects of educating children.

“I feel I will serve Halifax County well if elected to represent my community as a school board member,” Best concluded.