As a member of the Norfolk School Board for the past four years, and as the stepmother of two successful Norfolk Public School graduates, Courtney understands how paramount a vital and viable school system is. She helped green-light a pay and compensation study to ensure Norfolk’s teachers were being paid to scale and seniority, advocated for increased transparency on the Board by inviting cameras for live-streaming of meetings, and has been proud to have seen an 80 percent increase in the number of accredited Norfolk Public Schools since joining the board.

If elected to serve as your city councilwoman, she’ll serve as a bridge between her former school board colleagues and city council — bringing her deep understanding of the school budget and other educational needs to the office. She will work with the council and school board to support the educational plan that examines our enrollment figures, capacity, facility conditions, and programming for both immediate and incremental solutions to make the school division the best it can be for our kids.

Courtney also knows the importance of strengthening partnerships with our higher education institutions like Old Dominion, Norfolk State, and Virginia Wesleyan Universities, as well as Tidewater Community College and Eastern Virginia Medical School to make certain they continue to attract the talented students, staff, resources, and funding they need to instruct, innovate, and inspire. Doing so will help these schools to produce hire-ready graduates poised for positions in the industries right here in our community.

Courtney also knows that a 4-year furthered education isn’t for every child. As a School Board member, Courtney worked hard on piloting projects like the Career and Technical Education High School, which prepares these students with the credentials, certifications, and qualifications needed to be equally as successful in their own rite in focus areas like medical sciences, ship and maritime trades, business and information technology, and STEM. She’ll see to it that efforts like these continue to receive the city’s support and funding if she’s fortunate to be elected your city councilwoman.