Freeman-Belle for Waynesboro School Board

Debra's School Board Re-Election Announcement:
They say hindsight is 20/20. I’ve spent the past few months reflecting on what the past couple of years have taught me about myself, about our students, and about our community. Like many, I struggled during the roller coaster of the pandemic while doing all that I could to show up where needed in life and to just keep swimming. But, at the 24 months mark of working and living at a heightened level of expectations, safety, and pivots I found myself pondering if I was making any difference, if my family’s balance had been sacrificed, and if I could continue serving on the School Board with my whole heart, effort, and experience. Like many parents of WPS students, my 3 children are my reason to everything and their needs fuel any decision.

Recently, I made the decision to shift careers from 24/7 frontline work to the critical work of local youth services. My kids were a big reason for that, but it was also because hindsight allowed me to see that our kids, all of our kids, still need everyone to show up for them moving forward. The career change and hindsight have also allowed me to see that my perspectives and experience on issues we’ve faced, issues we will face, and forging ahead on accomplishments we’re still working on can still be helpful.

I’ve seen firsthand that our families, students, and community still need us to serve with our whole hearts, effort, & experience. We need to continue working on additional support services for students; continue trying new and needed strategies for the social, emotional, and physical well-being of our students; continue renovations to buildings in need; continue increasing employee compensation; and continue leading and learning along the way. There are many things that have been disagreed on over the past few years but I hope these are needs that the majority of Ward C voters can agree on to move our schools forward.

With that, I’ve decided that it’d be an honor to continue serving as the Ward C representative of Waynesboro School Board.

In closing, the pandemic has not been very kind to many of us, so I hope that we’ll all work hard to find ways to be kind to each other. I hope to continue showing an example of kindness, fortitude, learning, and effort that I so desperately needed during my own childhood and youth years.

We are Waynesboro and we are resilient.

With Giant Pride,
Debra
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