Portsmouth children deserve the best education in order to prepare them for a successful future. Families considering a move to Portsmouth look first at the quality of our schools. Businesses need a workforce, trained and ready for the jobs that a thriving economy will offer. For all of these reasons, we need to focus on our schools system.
While the School Board has the primary responsibility for planning and oversight of our schools, a wise City Council is informed and ready to work with the School Board to make certain that our children are receiving the best education we can give them. Currently, only 11 of our 19 schools are fully accredited. We must continue our progress towards full accreditation of ALL of our schools, so that ALL of our children have the opportunity to have the brightest future possible. We must encourage a greater focus on workforce development to enhance economic opportunities and god paying jobs right here in Portsmouth. Finally, we must recruit and retain the finest teachers. We cannot afford to lose our teachers to other districts with better pay, benefits and working conditions. Council has the responsibility to fund our schools. But we also have the moral obligation to give our children the very best. This does not necessarily mean more money spent. What it does mean is focusing on priorities and eliminating waste. It means good planning and constant oversight.
When our children receive the best education, our workforce is enhanced, our economy is strengthened, and our community will grow. As your City Council member, I am committed to working with our School Board to provide for a Portsmouth that is well education and ready to take their place as productive residents.