David J. Dietrich

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David J. Dietrich
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Former candidate for
Board member, Hampton School Board, Chesapeake Bay Seat A
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 6, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sSouthern Illinois University
Master'sAbilene Christian University
OtherUniversity of Colorado-Colorado Springs
Personal
ProfessionBusiness owner
David J. Dietrich was a candidate for Chesapeake Bay Seat A on the Hampton School Board in Virginia. He lost his election bid against incumbent Joseph C. Kilgore in the general election on May 6, 2014.

Biography

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.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: Hampton City Schools elections (2014)

Opposition

David J. Dietrich sought election to Chesapeake Bay Seat A against Joseph C. Kilgore in the general election on May 6, 2014.

Results

Hampton City Schools, Chesapeake Bay Seat Seat A General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph C. Kilgore Incumbent 76.4% 4,603
     Nonpartisan David J. Dietrich 22.9% 1,379
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.7% 45
Total Votes 6,027
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections, "Official Results - General and Special Elections - May 6, 2014," May 6, 2014

Funding

Dietrich did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Virginia State Board of Elections prior to the election.[2]

Endorsements

Dietrich did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

2012

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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMonica J. Smith 62.2% 4,592
     Nonpartisan Fred A. Brewer Jr. 27.6% 2,033
     Nonpartisan David J. Dietrich 9.8% 725
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.4% 28
Total Votes 7,378
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.[3] 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.

[4]

Daily Press, (2014), [3]

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.[5]

Budget shortfalls

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.[6] 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.[7] The proposed budget has moved to the Hampton City Council, which must approve the request as part of the city's annual budget.[8]

About the district

See also: Hampton City Schools, Virginia
Hampton City Schools is located in Hampton, Virginia
Hampton City Schools is located in Hampton, a city in eastern Virginia. According to the United States Census Bureau, Hampton is home to 136,836 residents.[9] Hampton City Schools is the 14th-largest school district in Virginia, serving 21,588 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[10]

Demographics

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.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2010[9]
Race Hampton (%) Virginia (%)
White 43.6 71.1
Black or African American 49.9 19.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 2.4 6.0
Two or More Races 3.5 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 5.0 8.4

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[11]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 70.6 28.0
2008 69.5 30.1
2004 57.4 41.9
2000 57.4 40.8

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.[12]

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