Putting Students First

Dr. Dean Fetterolf, an analytical chemist (BS Chemistry, 1978 Indiana University of PA; PhD Chemistry, 1983 University of Florida) and 21 year resident of Stafford is seeking election to the Stafford School Board for the Rock Hill District.

Dr. Fetterolf served as the Chair of the School Board’s Finance and Budget Advisory Committee from 2007-2011. He was also a member of a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) committee, a budget and compensation task force, and a previous middle school realignment committee.  

I am proud of the education SCPS provided my two MVHS graduates and I want your kids to have a better education. After all it’s their future and that of our Nation.”

My son is pursuing a graduate degree in Chemistry at Emory University. My daughter is a singer/songwriter, actress, model and is studying vocal performance in Hollywood, CA.

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Stafford, VA --- Dr. Dean Fetterolf, an analytical chemist (BS Chemistry, 1978 Indiana University of PA; PhD Chemistry, 1983 University of Florida) and 21 year resident of Stafford is seeking election to the Stafford School Board for the Rock Hill District as an independent candidate.

He said, “It’s disheartening that the four term incumbent has led a change in the school board's focus from the needs of the students to the wants of the adults. I share the growing concerns of many of the parents of our 27,462 students.”

Dr. Fetterolf served as the Chair of the School Board’s Finance and Budget Advisory Committee from 2007-2011. He was also a member of a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) committee, a budget and compensation task force, and a previous middle school realignment committee.

"I will fight to overcome continued budget shortfalls and for sufficient funds to be locally competitive while striving for a 21st century globally competitive education," said Fetterolf.

After sixteen (16) years as a member and chairperson of the school board, the Rock Hill incumbent can only point to negative Department of Education statistics that ranks Stafford as the 10th largest district but also ranks 85th out of 132 in per pupil total funding. The local per pupil contribution is 22% below the state average.

Mitigating these budget shortfalls will require that cost savings be achieved through innovation and creativity not tradition – budgeting the same old way must end.

Dr. Fetterolf said: "The county is growing and for the first time in 16 years Rock Hill can count on there being a change of focus to student development and not housing development.

My occupation will not represent a conflict of interest on matters before the School Board. Whereas a representative of a development company may be in violation of the school board’s code of ethics on the appearance of a conflict of interest by legislating on issues such as redistricting, school location and real estate purchase. Questions regarding potential conflicts of interest on land use have persisted for more than a decade (Leming…. FLS, Feb 20, 2005).

As a school board member he noted that he will stand up to the Board of Supervisors to mitigate the impact of thousands of new homes on our school’s infrastructure and operating budgets.

A few of his goals for improving our schools include smaller class sizes, program parity and competitive salaries. Stafford has the 6th highest K-7 student teacher ratio in Virginia. To be the best we must recruit and retain new teachers by reducing the salary gap with our neighbors. He noted:"... county budget priorities are out of whack. We don’t need plastic grass football fields when our high schools are overcrowded.”

He said, “I am proud of the education SCPS provided my two MVHS graduates and I want your kids to have a better education. After all it’s their future and that of our Nation.”

His son is pursuing a graduate degree in Chemistry at Emory University. His daughter is living, working and studying vocal performance in Hollywood, CA.

A formal announcement by Dr. Fetterolf is scheduled for April 20th at 7pm at the Porter Library.


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