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FCPS School Board Rep Hynes Kicks Off Campaign Saturday

by Karen Goff — April 15, 2015 at 4:40 pm 3 Comments

FCPS School Board member Pat HynesPat Hynes, the Hunter Mill representative to the Fairfax County School Board, will kick off her re-election campaign on Saturday.

Hynes will host at event at the Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Dr., at 3:30 p.m.

All 12 members of the FCPS School Board will be up for re-election this fall. Ten of the 12 members will be running again.

So far, Hynes is running unopposed.

Hynes was elected to her first term in 2011, replacing Stuart Gibson, who did not seek re-election. Gibson had held the spot since the elected school board was created in 1995.

Hynes holds a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia and a law degree from Vanderbilt University. She is a former lawyer and FCPS teacher.

In other school board news, the board on Monday approved a raise for members from $20,000  to $32,000 annually. Virginia law states school boards can vote to increase salaries only every four years, before an election. The board last approved salary increases in 2007, from $12,000 to $20,000.

Pat Hynes/file photo

  • Tom

    The fact that Ms. Hynes is running unopposed is a tremendous disappointment, matched only by her actual term in office, which can be highlighted by her two most noteworthy votes – to give the board a 60% raise, and to push forward and vote for an unprecedented policy change giving transgendered staff and students protected status in schools. These past two years particularly have been highlighted by countless blunders by FCPS, including total lack of planning and incredibly bad execution related to weather and administrative closings. There have been curriculum changes related to the teaching of basic skills (multiplication tables, hello?) that are inexplicable, and one might use the term “progressive” in its most pejorative sense. The poor leadership of this school board has been a disaster for our county schools and the decline has been notable. My belief is that a qualified candidate who pursued the Hunter Mill District Board seat against Ms. Hynes would find a lot of support.

    • Tara

      Tom, I was at the school board meeting last night and it appears you and I got on here for the same reason. How do we continue this discussion off board?

  • Fred Costello

    Here she is with the next vote.

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