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Halifax County School Board members win Spirit Contest

Halifax County School Board members Kim Farson, Karen Hopkins, Roger Long, Fay Satterfield, Phyllis Smith, Dick Stoneman and Cheryl Terry attended the Virginia School Board Association’s Annual Convention in Williamsburg on Nov. 20-22.  

The convention focused on providing school divisions with the insight, tools and knowledge needed to survive the ongoing budget cuts inflicted on Virginia’s public education system.  

Board members gained tools and information at the event to help further student success during these tough economic times, according to School Board Chairman Farson. 

School board members are being faced with the most difficult fiscal decisions ever seen during their time on the board.  Having the chance to network with others from across the state, hear about what other schools are doing to survive this economic crisis and learn from experts in the education community is a priceless opportunity, Farson added.  

The group learned they are not alone, are not the only ones struggling, and by collaborating and learning from others, they have a better chance of minimizing the impacts of these horrific cuts to education, she said.

Approximately 1,000 school governance leaders attended the 2013 VSBA Annual Convention, participating in more than 50 workshops, clinics and critical issues sessions focused on topics such as boardmanship, developing local capacity, technology integration, school law issues, best practices, STEM, advocacy, school improvement, educational trends and energy/sustainability practices. 

While at the convention on Thursday morning prior to the workshops, Roger Long, Fay and Ray Satterfield, Phyllis and Paul Smith, Dick Stoneman, Cheryl Terry and Superintendent Dr. Merle Herndon participated and won the Spirit Contest in the VSBA 10th Annual 5k Walk/Run Spirit Contest to promote physical activity in schools.