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The longest-serving current member of the York County School Board hopes to be in office for another four years.
School Board member Barbara Haywood announced she would seek a seventh elected term on the York County School Division board.
Haywood has served on the board since 1989 and currently represents District 1, which includes the Waller Mill, Queens Lake and Magruder areas of York County. She was the first black woman to hold public office in the history of York County.
Haywood made her re-election announcement during the board members’ comments period of Monday night’s school board meeting.
“If the students of District 1 are in agreement, you’re stuck with me for four more years,” she said.
Haywood has lived in York County for more than 30 years, and has three grown sons who graduated from Bruton High.
She has twice chaired the school board, and also served as its vice chairwoman. She has also served as president of the Virginia School Boards Association.
A trained nurse, Haywood has previously worked at Hampton University School of Nursing and as a nurse practitioner at Olde Towne Medical Center. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Hampton Institute, now Hampton University.
During her time on the school board, Haywood has identified closing the achievement gap between minority students and their white peers in YCSD, and improving teacher salaries as top priorities.
With Haywood’s announcement, all five of the current members of the School Board have announced plans to seek re-election.
The York County School Board is a nonpartisan body, and members represent geographic districts. All five seats stand for election every four years, and board members represent geographic districts.
The election is scheduled to be held Nov. 3.