|Board Member, Stafford County Public Schools, Aquia District|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November 7, 2017|
|Bachelor's||George Washington University|
|Profession||Sales and marketing manager|
Egan earned her Bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.. She has worked in legislative management positions in the private sector for over 25 years, serving in the halls of Richmond's Statehouse, as well as on Capitol Hill. She is currently a sales and marketing manager for a local family-owned company, The Hylton Group. She and her husband, Richard, have two children who attend Stafford County schools.
|Stafford County Public Schools, Aquia District, 4-year term, 2013|
|Source: Stafford County, Virginia, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 12, 2013|
Egan was not endorsed in this campaign.
Egan reported $6,378.90 in contributions and $6,077.95 in expenditures to the Virginia State Board of Elections, which left her campaign with $300.95 on hand.
For her 2013 campaign, Egan stated the following on her website:
Advocating for School Security While the State's recent grant to fund full-time school resource officers (SROs) in our middle schools is a great victory, the events of Newtown prove that evil does not discriminate based on age and we need to enlist the program throughout our school division to the elementary school level to ensure that even our most innocent are given the same amount of protection.
Revisiting Class Sizes With more and more demands being put on our teachers, the larger class sizes not only make their jobs more difficult, it makes it nearly impossible for them to be able to spend one-on-one time with any of his/her students that may need extra help. To add to that, we've recently cut "specialists" that would otherwise pick up that slack. We need to bring our class sizes down to more manageable levels.
Ensuring Responsible Utilization of School Capacity Some members of the community are suggesting we use the underutilized space at Stafford Middle School (Post Grafton Elementary) for uses other than what it is intended - it is the will of this community to keep our Middle School open and unencumbered and I will strongly advocate that it remain a traditional middle school in order to provide for the space needed for growth that’s expected from the Courthouse Road housing developments.
Increasing Dual-Enrollment Choices at all Schools While the increases in International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement Programs of Excellence (APPX) choices are growing, we have seen a decrease in available courses that help our students achieve college credits or general education courses. It is my intent to advocate for bringing more options to our students to help them apply their HS efforts to getting a jump start on their post-secondary or vocational education.
Hiring and Retaining Quality Bus Drivers The past two years have presented us with significant challenges in getting our kids to and from school in a timely manner. Aside from our traffic challenges, it is the shortage of bus drivers in Stafford County that is upsetting the balance of school life and family time. When our kids are sitting in school waiting for a "2nd run" bus to bring them home, that's time away from homework, sports, clubs, scouts and family dinners. We need to ensure we hire and retain our bus drivers by providing a competitive salary.
Hiring and Retaining Qualified Teachers Our best and brightest have finally gotten the increases they deserve, but how do we recover from the exodus we've already experienced? We've got to ensure we're doing everything to keep our teachers and staff right here going forward. We need to exercise some creative retention incentives and that means putting our heads together with our County Supervisors to come up with innovative and creative tax incentives.
Strengthening Anti-Bullying and Anti-Drug Campaigns The Sheriff's Office does an amazing job educating our youth on the consequences of drug use and bullying, however, we need to be doing more. It is my hope that my work with the Sheriff's office will continue into my term to help the children and families of Stafford deal with these inevitable hurdles.
Continuing to Advocate for Special Needs Programs Having first hand experience with Child Find, IEP's and 504 Plans, I can tell you that the journey new parents navigate is not an easy one. It is my hope to assist Stafford County residents in simplifying the process set out by Federal mandates by mapping out easier ways to help your special and exceptional children with evaluations and services.
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Four seats on the Stafford County School Board were up for election on November 5, 2013. The Aquia, Falmouth, Garrisonville and Hartwood district seats were held by Board Chair Stephanie J. Johnson, Board Vice Chair Meg G. Bohmke and members Nanette Kidby and Holly H. Hazard, respectively. The Aquia and Falmouth districts were filled by new members Irene Egan and Scott Hirons (their incumbents decided not to seek re-election) and the incumbents of the Garrisonville and Hartwood districts retained their seats.
About the district
- See also: Stafford County Public Schools, Virginia
Stafford County outperformed the rest of Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 36.2 percent of Stafford County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 35.2 percent for Virginia as a whole. The median household income in Stafford County was $97,110 compared to $63,907 for the state of Virginia. The poverty rate in Stafford County was 5.1 percent compared to 11.3 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Irene Egan for Stafford School Board - Aquia District, "Welcome to my Campaign Website," accessed October 15, 2013
- Virginia State Board of Elections Campaign Finance Reports, accessed December 18, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Stafford County, Virginia," accessed January 27, 2015
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
- Virginia Department of Elections, "Election Results," accessed September 17, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014