On May 3rd, Norfolk will hold its first school board elections in over 60 years. This election offers a great opportunity for our city to select new leadership and bring change to our public schools.

I’ve been deliberately quiet and reflective since Election Day, but my desire to help improve Norfolk’s public schools has not diminished. Today’s column captures my key takeaways from direct conversations with thousands of parents, teachers and engaged voters throughout the city.

This is not written to cast blame, nor is it a critique of our current school board. Rather, it’s a genuine effort to continue shining a light on the critical issues plaguing our schools and to encourage our leaders to take action. I stand ready to assist them, and look forward to doing so.…/article_ba51285e-ec92-5ff4-9cdb-71…

ON MAY 3, Norfolk voters participated in a school board election for the first time in more than 60 years. I was privileged to have been a candidate.

Thank you all for the amazing support and encouragement over the past 5 months, especially my wife and three boys. While the results tonight were not what we had hoped for, I'm proud of the campaign we ran. I'm proud to have defined the issues that dominated this campaign, and I'm proud of all the parents and teachers of NPS who worked tirelessly to support our effort. I congratulate Vice Chair Gabriel on her hard fought victory, and I look forward to working with her to help improve our school district. No regrets. Nothing wasted.