School board filing begins

By Amanda Dodson -
David Burge -
Patricia Messick -

David Burge will be running for school board in the November elections.

He joins Patricia Messick, who filed for re-election on Monday.

Three seats currently held by Messick, Jamie Yontz and Sonya Cox are open on the Stokes County School Board, with the top two vote getters being elected to a four year term and the third highest vote getter being elected to a two year term.

As an incumbent, Messick has served for nearly six years and said she chose to run again to help improve the overall conditions for students and school personnel.

She is also a strong proponent of school safety.

“By adding more school resource officers we are one step closer to providing an extra layer of protection for all our students and employees. We have added more security intercoms to entrance doors along with more security cameras. My goal is to have a full time resource officer in every elementary school like we now have in all middle and high schools,” she said.

Messick added she’d like to continue making sure there is available funding from state, local and federal dollars that insure the school system is moving forward for students. She noted a roofing project at Sandy Ridge, air conditioning installed at Chestnut Grove Middle, new construction at West Stokes are some she’s advocated for in the upcoming school year.

The veteran teacher of 40 years brings a classroom perspective to board meetings.

“My husband was a former teacher, coach and administrator. I have knowledge of how these roles are carried out in our schools. I have grandsons that attend schools here. Through my family members I can relate to what’s currently happening in our schools on a daily basis,” she said. “I’ll diligently work to make sure we employ qualified teachers, directors, and principals to educate our students. We must help our students to be able to attend a technical school, college, or be able to compete in the 21st century workforce upon high school graduation.”

Burge is currently the Executive Director of Operations for Stokes County Schools, but is set to retire December 1.

He served on the school board from 1994 until 2003.

“I’ve worked in the school system for 24 years of my life. I have four grandchildren in local schools, my daughter is a teacher and my son-in-law has been a principal. I’d like to serve again and hopefully my knowledge can be an asset to the board moving forward.”

Filing ends at noon on July 27.

Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor filing will begin at noon on June 11 and end on July 6. There will be two seats on the general election ballot and those seats are currently held by Johnny East and Willard Nelson.

Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.

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By Amanda Dodson