Paperwork filed for Norfolk elected school board

I have just received an email from the organizer of the Norfolk elected school board initiative. The paperwork has been filed to initiate the petition-gathering process. There will be two organizational meetings, on January 14th and 28th, both beginning at 10am at the Pretlow Library.

In addition to the website, the group has set up a Facebook page. More information is in the press release, below.

Norfolk Citizens for an Elected School Board

Organizer Representing Norfolk Citizens Files Paperwork to Initiate School Board Referendum

Norfolk, VA – At 10:30am on Tuesday January 3rd, Patrick Smith, a parent with children in Norfolk schools and a retired Air Force Veteran, filed the necessary paperwork with the Clerk of the Court to begin collecting signatures to place the issue of an elected school on the November 2012 ballot.

According to the Virginia State Code, valid signatures from 10% of the city’s registered voters must be turned in 111 days prior to the election in order for the question to be placed on the ballot.

To organize the petition drive, we will be hosting 2 organizational meetings in the month of January.

The first will start at 10am, January 14th at the Pretlow Library in Ocean View and will be primarily for those looking to take a lead role in organizing the operation.

The second meeting will be held January 28th at the same time and place for those interested in volunteering to collect signatures from their friends, family, neighbors and co-workers.

For more information, please visit our website at or contact Patrick Smith at 757-284-0022 or at