The Botetourt Education Association Political Action Committee is pleased to announce our recommended candidates for the upcoming Board of Supervisors election. We support Jack Leffel for the Fincastle seat and Sam Foster for the Blue Ridge seat. Both candidates have been strong advocates for public education and have served in Botetourt County Schools in different capacities for many years. Jack Leffel has served on the School Board for 12 years. He has a working knowledge of the school budget, which is the largest percentage of the total budget. Sam Foster recently retired from Botetourt County Schools with more than 35 years of service. He has been a teacher, Supervisor of Special Education, and Supervisor of Budget.
Both candidates understand the unique challenges that public schools are facing in this difficult financial environment. They are committed to maintaining the high standards of Botetourt County schools despite the uncertainty of state and federal funding levels. They both want to return to the teamwork concept of management by focusing on the business of the county and not on partisan politics.
The BEA PAC recommendation process began when we asked candidates to answer a questionnaire. Those candidates who returned their questionnaires were interviewed by our committee. According to Sally Sizer, chair of the PAC, “The questionnaire, interview, and past record convinced our PAC members that Jack Leffel and Sam Foster are the best candidates and deserve our support.”
Submitted by Sally Sizer, BEA Co-President