Free Lance-Star reporter Amy Umble covers Stafford County schools and other education issues
Petition for a new Stafford High
Togie Payne, who served on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors from 1978 until 1982, is circulating a petition to have Stafford High School rebuilt.
Payne, whose four children graduated from Stafford High, says he’s collected about 400 signatures since Feb. 12. On Saturday, he was outside the Giant grocery store in White Oak for 6 1/2 hours with his petition.
Most people he’s asked have signed it, he said.
“It’s not like Stafford can’t afford this building,” Payne told me today. “Stafford is a very, very rich county. If we don’t spend it on education, we’re not going to stay where we are today.”
Payne said others, including former Falmouth District School Board member Robert Belman, have collected signatures in support of a brand-new Stafford High. He plans to present his petition to the School Board and Board of Supervisors.
The School Board tonight is scheduled to approve a revised capital plan. The plan currently includes extensive renovations and an addition for Stafford High, but a majority of School Board members have said they want the school to be rebuilt.