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Sarah Alexander

Friday, February 15, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

Sarah Alexander has announced her intention to seek re-election to the Rocky Mount District seat on the Franklin County School Board.

"I am pleased and excited by the renewed spirit of cooperation between the school board and the board of supervisors," Alexander said. "While budget challenges continue to exist, the approach taken to resolve these issues has become one of working to insure that all students in Franklin County public schools receive the very best education our system can offer."

Alexander was first elected to the school board in a special election in November 2008 and was re-elected without opposition in 2009. She currently serves as the vice chairman of the board.

As a former teacher, Alexander said she understands the importance of excellence in education, hiring and retaining the most capable, dedicated staff, and the necessity of a strong partnership among students, parents and teachers.

"Nothing we do is more important than preparing young people for productive and rewarding futures, regardless of their chosen career path," Alexander said. "Our dedicated and talented employees continue to make the learning environment in all our county schools challenging and engaging."

As a board member, Alexander encourages residents to become interested and engaged in the school division.

"Our schools belong to all taxpayers, and the wonderful things being accomplished inside these buildings are the future of not only our county, but of the entire country," Alexander said. "We have much to be proud of, and together, we can make our schools even better."

"When we embrace the principles of honesty, integrity, transparency and commitment in our school and county government, the result will be real and sustainable progress that benefits everyone," she added.

Alexander is a graduate of Franklin County High School and received a bachelor's degree at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton in 1977.

Alexander has been a substitute teacher at Benjamin Franklin Middle School and Franklin County High School.

Prior to being employed in a part-time position as a special education teacher, she served on the initial study committee for the implementation of Smaller Learning Communities/Ninth Grade Academies at Franklin County High School.

Alexander has served on several agency and community service boards, including The Franklin County Developmental Center, The Franklin County YMCA and The Free Clinic of Franklin County.

She has also worked in volunteer management for a number of years at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Alexander has two adult children, both of whom graduated from Franklin County High School and received undergraduate degrees at Virginia colleges.

She is the wife of Franklin County Circuit Court Judge William N. Alexander II.

The eight-member county school board has staggered four-year terms, with half of the board members elected every two years.

The other three members up for election this year are Thad Montgomery, Boone District; G.B. Washburn Jr., Snow Creek District; and William Helm, member-at-large.

Montgomery announced last week that he will seek re-election in November. Washburn and Helm have yet to announce their intentions.

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