FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
J.E.B. Stuart HS Name Change Vote
At-Large Candidate & Veteran Chris Grisafe Responds
“Get back to protecting excellence, building trust”
FAIRFAX, VA, July 29, 2017 –J.E.B. Stuart HS Name Change VoteAt-Large Candidate & Veteran Chris Grisafe Responds“Get back to protecting excellence, building trust”FAIRFAX, VA, July 28, 2017 – Chris Grisafe, a candidate in the upcoming special election on August 29th for the open Fairfax County School Board At-Large seat responded to the J.E.B. Stuart High School name change today stating, “The Fairfax County School Board has so much it should be focused on. I’ve spoken with teachers who are sad and disheartened because they feel the School Board is making things harder in their classrooms.”
“I sat in the auditorium while the vote took place Thursday evening,” said Grisafe. "The community has every right to be heard regarding the names of their schools, and such a decision - especially a change with implications for schools throughout the county - must be conducted in a transparent way that strengthens our community, not divides it. Unfortunately, it was clear many in the community did not feel heard or respected by the Board's ad hoc process.”
The School Board’s action also directed that a new cycle of community engagement be undertaken to solicit new names from the community, though the method and timing for that effort was undefined. The renaming is stated to take effect for the 2019 school year.Grisafe, a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, and graduate of Loyola Marymount University with an MBA from Virginia Tech, described the two year name change effort by some on the School Board as puzzling considering the county’s ongoing budget constraints.
“The cost estimates associated with the name change have ranged between $700,000 up to $1 million. The Fairfax County School Board faces very public budget challenges each year with the Board of Supervisors,” Grisafe added, “so maintaining trust with stakeholders is essential when demonstrating priorities in the $2.8 billion budget. What kind of Pandora’s Box has the School Board opened and what could other name changes cost the county in the future?”
“Fairfax County residents deserve an At-Large Board Member who will represent and serve them,” said Grisafe. “While approaching issues with an open mind and compassion, I will focus on the merits and data to support good decision-making and reinforce trust with our stakeholders."
All registered voters in Fairfax County are able to vote for an At-Large candidate. Early in-person voting and absentee voting by mail is underway and continues through the August 26th, with the special election occurring on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.
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