Groups turns in petition for elected school board

WAVY/Larry Carney
WAVY/Larry Carney

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Some parents and Norfolk residents want city school board members to be elected, instead of appointed. And they turned in a petition Wednesday.

The nucleus for this six-month effort is called Norfolk Citizens for an Elected School Board. The group has collected more than 17,000 signatures over the past six months.

Organizer Dennis Gronka said an elected school board will translate to a higher quality of education and board members who will carry out the will of the people of Norfolk.

“We want to bring accountability back to the school board, where if they’re not doing the job that we want them to do, we can kick them out office,” Gronka said.

The next step in the process will be for the registrar to certify the signatures. Gronka said he wanted to get at least a 30 percent surplus, because a certain amount of the names will be rejected.

If that process yields at least 11,000 certified names, then the referendum for an elected school board in Norfolk will go before voters in November.

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