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Stambaugh: Best teachers are key
Monday, October 28, 2013
“Providing high-quality education for our students during difficult (economic) times” is the top priority of Henry County School Board candidate Dr. Merris Stambaugh.
The way to do that is retain and attract high-quality teachers and administrators with competitive salary packages, said Stambaugh.
He is seeking to be elected by write-in ballot to the Collinsville District seat on the school board in the Nov. 5 election.
Preparing a budget is one of the school board’s main jobs, he said. The school board needs to use “the (financial) resources available to us wisely, yet trying to reward good administrators and teachers ... ” with attractive salary packages.
“We need to keep good people when we have them,” and when jobs become available, to offer attractive pay, Stambaugh said.
Infrastructure is “a close second” key issue, he added, referring to the identified need for a combined K-5 school to replace John Redd Smith Elementary and Collinsville Primary.
Stambaugh said he views those two schools, which are close together, as one school but two buildings. “Merging those schools into one building needs to happen, sooner than later. Selling bonds is an option,” he said.
This is “not beyond the idea stage,” he said, but, because a new site may be needed for a combined Collinsville Primary/John Redd Smith school, he thinks the school board should look into consolidating those schools with Stanleytown Elementary School into one new school.
“I think it would definitely be worth looking into,” he said.
Stanleytown Elementary is about three miles from John Redd Smith and Collinsville Primary, according to MapQuest. Stambaugh said there might be reduced operating costs from combining the three schools into one.
Stambaugh, 44, of Fox Chase Drive, Collinsville, is a family practitioner with Carilion Medical Associates in Martinsville. He and his wife, Stephanie, have two children — Sam, a senior at Bassett High School, and Sara, a freshman at BHS. They both attended Collinsville Primary, John Redd Smith Elementary and Fieldale-Collinsville Middle schools.
Stambaugh grew up in Winchester, graduated from James Wood High School and graduated magna cum laude from Messiah College in Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a music minor. He graduated from the medical school at the University of Virginia and finished his family practice residency at Washington Hospital near Pittsburgh in 1999. He then moved to Collinsville.
He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and is the medical director of Chatham Health and Rehabilitation Center. He is a member of Christ’s Church on Spruce Street Extension and former treasurer at the church. He formerly was head of the family practice section at Memorial Hospital.
He served two years as co-president of the Virginia Baseball Association, a fund-raising and booster organization for Bassett High School and Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School baseball and girls softball.