The Regional School Board is recognized for their service in February

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L-R Top Row:  Ogburn, Lowerre, and Pritchett
L-R Middle Row:  Wright, Barber, and Hall
L-R Bottom Row: Ayers, Hyslop, and Bailey

Maggie L Walker Governor’s School will join 132 other school divisions throughout the state to celebrate School Board Appreciation Month in February. Almost 850 elected and appointed school board members throughout Virginia will be recognized by schools and communities for their service and dedication to public education.

The theme of this year’s celebration, ‘115 Years of Providing Leadership, Advocacy, and Support,’ reflects the top priority of local school board members as they advocate for public education with local, state, and federal leaders on behalf of all students.

“The foundation of school leadership is ensuring equal learning opportunities for all students,” said Dr. Bob Lowerre, MLWGS Director. “We’re proud of our school, and School Board Appreciation Month is the time to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our elected trustees.”

In Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, regional school board members develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues impacting the entire community. They bear responsibility for an annual budget of $8,929,405 million, 753 students, more than 120 employees, and the MLWGS building and grounds.

“School board members statewide make decisions that affect 1.3 million Virginia children and more than $3 billion,” notes Dr. Bob Lowerre, MLWGS Director. “They preserve the core of our democracy—public education.”

The men and women serving on the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Regional Board board are: 

  • Mr. Royce Paige, Charles City County Schools
  • Ms. Debbie Bailey, Chesterfield County Schools
  • Mr. John D. Wright, (Chair) Goochland County Schools
  • Mr. John Axselle, III, Hanover County Schools
  • Ms. Michelle Ogburn, Henrico County Schools
  • Ms. Linda Hyslop, Hopewell Public Schools
  • Ms. Harwood Hall, (Vice-Chair) King and Queen Schools 
  • Ms. Sarah Grier Barber, New Kent County Schools 
  • Mr. Kenneth Pritchett, City of Petersburg Schools
  • Ms. Valarie Ayers, Powhatan County Schools
  • Ms. Jill Andrews, Prince George County Schools
  • Ms. Mariah White, City of Richmond Schools

Please take a moment and thank your local school board member. Their efforts behind the scenes make MLWGS outstanding.

Provided by the students of MLWGS

Contact your RSB member here.