Retired educator to seek school board seat

Roger Barbee

A veteran educator plans to run for a seat on the Shenandoah County School Board.

Roger Barbee is seeking election to represent District 3 as an independent candidate. Board member Kathryn Holsinger represents the district.

“I believe it is our responsibility to provide a sound public education for all the children in Shenandoah County in order to give them their best chance at success in life,” Barbee said Monday. “We need to promote education, not protect the system.

“I wish to bring all citizens together in order to change the system that I believe is short-changing our children,” Barbee said.

Barbee, 68, has 40 years of experience in education and school administration. Barbee taught in public and private schools mostly in the Washington, D.C., area. He also worked as an adjunct professor at George Mason University. Barbee retired from National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., as dean of students.

Barbee has lived in the county for eight years. He has coached wrestling at Central High School and has worked for Shenandoah County Public Schools as a substitute teacher.

If elected, Barbee said, among other initiatives, he would want to push students to write and read cursive handwriting, understand basic math and to be “effective” communicators — skills he said are “vital for our children’s success.”

Barbee’s campaign will be self-funded within the $1,000 spending limit, he said.

Barbee and his wife Mary Ann live in the Edinburg area.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com