David J. Dietrich
|David J. Dietrich|
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|Former candidate for|
|Board member, Hampton School Board, Chesapeake Bay Seat A|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||May 6, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Southern Illinois University|
|Master's||Abilene Christian University|
|Other||University of Colorado-Colorado Springs|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 What was at stake?
- 4 About the district
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
Dietrich earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Southern Illinois University in 1983. He also holds graduate degrees in management and human relations from Abilene Christian University and engineering from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Dietrich is the president of Decision Point Consulting LLC, which provides consultations about logistics and operations. He is also the owner of GetReady!, a business that provides emergency management services to clients.
- See also: Hampton City Schools elections (2014)
David J. Dietrich sought election to Chesapeake Bay Seat A against Joseph C. Kilgore in the general election on May 6, 2014.
|Hampton City Schools, Chesapeake Bay Seat Seat A General Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Joseph C. Kilgore Incumbent||76.4%||4,603|
|Nonpartisan||David J. Dietrich||22.9%||1,379|
|Source: Virginia State Board of Elections, "Official Results - General and Special Elections - May 6, 2014," May 6, 2014|
Dietrich did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Virginia State Board of Elections prior to the election.
Dietrich did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
Dietrich lost the Chesapeake Bay Seat B election to Monica J. Smith on May 1, 2012.
|Hampton City Schools, Chesapeake Bay Seat B General Election, 4-year term, May 1, 2012|
|Nonpartisan||Monica J. Smith||62.2%||4,592|
|Nonpartisan||Fred A. Brewer Jr.||27.6%||2,033|
|Nonpartisan||David J. Dietrich||9.8%||725|
|Source: Virginia State Board of Elections, "May 2012 City Election Official Results," accessed March 17, 2014|
What was at stake?
Incumbent Jennifer P. Phillips sought re-election to Hampton Roads Seat A against challenger Jason S. Samuels. Linwood D. Harper won another term without opposition to Hampton Roads Seat B. The Chesapeake Bay Seat A race included Dietrich and incumbent Joseph C. Kilgore.
Issues in the election
April 25 candidate forum
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference hosted a candidate forum on April 25, 2014 at the Hampton City Council Chambers. Candidates for Hampton Roads Seat A and Chesapeake Bay A debated academic performance in the district. Jason S. Samuels lamented high incarceration rates in the region and argued on behalf of preventative programs in local schools. Jennifer P. Phillips criticized Standard of Learning assessments conducted by the Virginia Department of Education, suggesting that school districts needed more control over assessment. The Chesapeake Bay A candidates differed in their views on the board's work in recent years. Incumbent Joseph C. Kilgore touted the district's proactive approach to classroom technology investment and superintendent evaluations based on student performance. Dietrich argued for greater accountability by board members for education outcomes. He also stated:
I'll be a minority on the school board. I'll be one voice in the wilderness. I am too extreme for Hampton, I've been told that.
—Daily Press, (2014), 
Issues in the district
Sexual assault lawsuit
The school board, district officials and two educators at Kecoughtan High School face legal action by parents of an autistic student who was sexually assaulted by a fellow pupil on May 29, 2013. Adam and Laura Ann Flores are suing teacher Kathleen Lassiter and special-education assistant Frances Brewster for gross negligence. Lassister and Brewster are accused of leaving the student attended despite requirements to provide constant supervision. The lawsuit criticizes the school board and district administrators for providing inadequate funds for special education, which increased opportunities for this type of act. The parents are seeking $7.5 million in damages as part of the lawsuit. Former student Joseph Aguilar, Jr. faces felony charges for aggravated sexual assault on an incapacitated person with an initial hearing scheduled for May.
District officials briefed the School Board on a projected $7 million budget gap for the 2014-2015 fiscal year during a January 15, 2014 meeting. This total includes $3.2 million in expected payments to the Virginia Retirement System and a $2.4 million reduction in state aid. Hampton City Schools faced a $9 million budget gap prior to the 2013-2014 fiscal year that was closed with increased property taxes and budget cuts. Superintendent Linda Shifflette proposed a $7.2 million budget cut that includes the elimination of 311.5 full-time positions in the 2014-2015 budget. The board voted 6-1 to approve the superintendent's proposal with Linwood D. Harper the lone dissenter. The proposed budget has moved to the Hampton City Council, which must approve the request as part of the city's annual budget.
About the district
- See also: Hampton City Schools, Virginia
Hampton underperformed in comparison to the rest of Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 22.6 percent of Hampton residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 34.7 percent for Virginia as a whole. The median household income in Hampton was $51,584 compared to $63,636 for the state of Virginia. The poverty rate in Hampton was 14.7 percent compared to 11.1 percent for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
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- LinkedIn, "David Dietrich," accessed March 17, 2014
- Virginia State Board of Elections, "Reporting," accessed April 22, 2014
- Daily Press, "Hampton School Board candidates talk education policy at debate," April 25, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Daily Press, "Parents sue Hampton, school system for $7.5 million over sexual assault," March 21, 2014
- Daily Press, "Hampton School Board faces possible $7 million budget shortfall," January 15, 2014
- Daily Press, "Hampton School Board approves budget in emotional meeting," April 2, 2014
- Daily Press, "Hampton City Council shifts focus to school cuts," April 23, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Hampton, Virginia," accessed February 11, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed May 1, 2014
- Virginia State Board of Elections, "Election Results," accessed February 11, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Hampton City Schools Elections|
|Election date:||May 6, 2014|
|Candidates:||Hampton Roads A: • Jennifer P. Phillips • Jason S. Samuels|
Chesapeake Bay A: • David J. Dietrich • Joseph C. Kilgore
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|