Councilman seeks School Board seat

Steve Wood

Longtime Edinburg Town Councilman Steven Wood plans to run for a spot on the Shenandoah County School Board.

Wood announced his intentions this week to seek the District 3 seat on the board. Wood serves as vice mayor on the Town Council. He was first elected to council in 1995.

Wood recalled that he didn’t feel interested in running for the School Board until member Kathryn Holsinger made it known she would not seek another term. Wood said he saw this as an “opportunity to run because I feel that in our government a lot of people like to sit back and criticize and do nothing.”

“I’m the type of person that, you know, I think we all should take our turn,” Wood said. “We should all step up to the plate in saying this particular job, regardless of what position you’re looking at, should not be a job that a person has to bear forever and ever and ever.”

Wood said he isn’t criticizing the School Board and noted that many people don’t know the work the panel has done over the years.

“I’m interested to go, if elected, to sit at that table, to examine and to listen to the residents in District 3,” Wood said.

Changes in education at all levels are “kinda cramping our teachers from doing their job as a teacher ’cause they gotta jump through a lot of hoops in order to satisfy Richmond and Washington, D.C., and I want to commend all these teachers who dedicate all the hours they do to work with our young people … .”

Wood moved to Shenandoah County in the late 1970s. He retired from the Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation Department after 35 years.

Wood, 63, serves as pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Basye.

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