RUSTBURG — Campbell County supervisors want to see more focus on schools in the upcoming General Assembly session.

Tuesday night, supervisors agreed to a preliminary legislative agenda, which lets state representatives know localities’ most pressing concerns.

Supervisors will vote on the legislative agenda Nov. 9 before sending it on to legislators and the Virginia Association of Counties for inclusion in its list of priorities.

Much of the board’s discussion revolved around Campbell County Public Schools — focusing on school improvement and at one point briefly reviving the discussion of transgender students’ bathroom use, a frequent talking point in last year’s school board elections — while also touching on development in the county.

Opening the discussion, Campbell County Staff Attorney Kristin Wright presented the board with the 2018 legislative agenda supervisors agreed upon last year and asked board members if there were any changes they would like to make.

 Spring Hill Supervisor James Borland wanted to advocate for continued and increased funding from the state for K-12 education in Campbell County. Supervisors Susan Hogg and Jon Hardie added improving and modernizing school facilities to this concern.

Brookneal Supervisor Charlie Watts requested staff include support for broadband internet service and post-secondary education in vocational and technical schools.

Sunburst Supervisor Bob Good asked staff to add an agenda item seeking support for legislation similar to the Tebow Bill, which would allow homeschooled students to participate in athletic and other extracurricular activities at public schools.

Hardie suggested removing the legislative agenda item concerning county regulation of restrooms use in county-owned buildings. He said the request for legislators to support “local flexibility to legislate over issues of local concern,” was sufficient.

“It seems to me that that would cover that statement [on the bathrooms],” Hardie said, suggesting the item on bathrooms be removed. Hogg agreed.

After a short discussion supervisors voted 4-3 to keep the item on the county’s legislative agenda with supervisors Borland, Good, Chairman Eddie Gunter and Watts in favor.

The next board of supervisors meeting will take place Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Haberer building, 47 Courthouse Lane.

 

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