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Candidates for Chesterfield Board of Supervisors Debate School Maintenance

Candidates for Chesterfield’s Board of Supervisors appeared last week at a forum at John Tyler Community College. One question centered around the tensions between the Supervisors and the School Board when it comes to maintenance.

Moderator and political analyst Bob Holsworth asked whether the County should take over the maintenance of schools due to the recent discovery of legionella bacteria in cooling towers.

Democratic candidate Debra Gardner says the county owns the buildings but it shouldn’t be involved in daily operations.

“I don’t know if that means taking charge or not because we’re going to have a new board. I would like to sit down and have that open dialogue, that discussion.”

Board of Supervisors Candidates
All seats are up for election for Chesterfield Board of Supervisors (Photo: Ian Stewart)

Gardner is running against incumbent Republican Chris Winslow for the Clover District seat. He says the school board has a lack of accountability when it comes to maintenance issues.

“I would say that I think there does need to be a cultural problem solving between the Board of Supervisors and the next School Board.”

Recently the Virginia Department of Health told the School Board that it couldn’t find a definitive link between the Legionnaires’ cases in Chesterfield and Legionella bacteria found in several of the school’s cooling towers.

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