Shenandoah County Public School Board member and Vice Chair Cyndy Walsh announced Friday that she is running for a second term on the board.
Walsh, who represents District 3, is finishing up her first term. She was recently elected by the board to serve as vice chair for this year.
“It has been a privilege to serve as a School Board member for the last three years,” Walsh wrote.
Walsh stated in those years the schools have become accredited, staff turnover is down and there is continued support for the career and technical education programs at Triplett Tech.
“We have students who are competitive in the arts, FCCLA, FFA, SkillsUSA, and other programs that are going on to win in state and national competitions,” Walsh wrote.
She noted that she is thrilled that the School Board has been able to work closely with the Board of Supervisors to address capital needs as well as operational needs.
“This is the way that local governments should work – finding ways to work together for the good of all of its citizens but most importantly the children who will be our future doctors, farmers, business owners and will work in other careers that don’t even exist yet,” Walsh wrote.
She added that the division has focused on helping students to be ready to learn and addressing their social and emotional needs.
Walsh is a graduate of Washington College in Maryland with a bachelor of arts degree in business management. She has held positions in the Maryland legislature, including as committee clerk; on the staff of former U.S. Rep. Wayne Gilchrest, R-Maryland; and at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as executive assistant to Tom Donohue. In 2003, she was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the executive assistant to the administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration.
Walsh started in local education by volunteering at the W.W. Robinson Elementary School PTO, eventually serving as its president for several years, she wrote.
Walsh continues to volunteer at the schools on the Central campus. She and her husband Dan have three daughters, one at Central High School, one at Peter Muhlenburg Middle School and one at W.W. Robinson Elementary.