Free Lance-Star reporter Robyn Sidersky covers Caroline County government and schools. You can reach her at 540/374-5413 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow coverage on Facebook or Twitter as well.
Three running for school board seat
There’s one local election going on in Caroline County, but there are no names on the ballot.
A special election will be held Tuesday to fill the Reedy Church District School Board seat.
Fred Peatross resigned from that position in November due to health problems.
After no one filed to get on the ballot by the deadline, three people have said they are running as write-in candidates.
Lifelong Dawn resident Valerie Q. Fells, 58, is no stranger to the school board. She was appointed in November to temporarily replace Peatross after his resignation. Before that, she served on the board for about 15 years between 1992 and 2007.
She is a graduate of Morgan State University and for the past 36 years, she has been an advisor for the Internal Revenue Service.
She said her objective has been to try to get the best education for the children of Caroline County so they can smoothly transition to college or the workplace, and to get better pay and benefits for teachers and school staff.
Jamey Lewchanin, 34, of Caroline Pines, is currently a physical education teacher in Spotsylvania County, and has been teaching for eight years with a bachelor’s from the State University of New York in Brockport and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from The University of Pheonix.
The New York native has has been president of the Caroline Pines Property Owner’s Association for nearly two years and has been active in the community by helping with the bike safety event and advocating for high speed internet and better water for the subdivision.
Lewchanin said he would like to improve communication between the school administration, local government and the community and to find alternate ways to increase school funding.
Reggie L. Underwood, 57, has been a Caroline resident for 31 years. He was principal of Caroline Middle School for two years until 2006 when he took a job as an assistant superintendent for Charles City County Schools. He’d also been assistant principal at Caroline High and James Monroe High in Fredericksburg.
He started his teaching career in Caroline schools in 2003 and was also a basketball, football and track coach at the high school. As principal, he created a peer mediation program, a hearing impaired program and the give-a-belt program–where he bought a stash of belts from Goodwill to give to students who wore their pants too low in school.
Now he works for a company that specializes in high school drop out prevention and recovery. He is also a doctoral candidate at Virginia Tech and is currently writing his dissertation on the legality of drug testing in high schools.
Polls will be open Tuesday from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.