Melinda Lincoln-Richardson

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Melinda Lincoln-Richardson
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Board Member, Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, Powhatan District
Former Candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Melinda Lincoln-Richardson was a candidate for the Powhatan District on the Williamsburg-James City County School Board. She lost election to incumbent Joe Fuentes on November 5, 2013.


Lincoln-Richardson currently serves as a professor of Communication with the University of Maryland University College and Thomas Nelson Community College. She is retired from Federal service, where she was previously an Education Program Specialist with the U.S. Department of Education and as a Senior Assistant Ombudsman and a Senior Policy Advisor with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Civil Rights and Liberties. She is married with six children.[1]



See also: Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools elections (2013)


Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, Powhatan District, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Fuentes Incumbent 74.3% 3,118
     Independent Melinda Lincoln-Richardson 25.1% 1,053
     Independent Write-in Votes 0.6% 27
Total Votes 4,198
Source: James City County, Virginia, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 12, 2013


Lincoln-Richardson was not endorsed in this campaign.


Lincoln-Richardson reported $565.50 in contributions and $565.50 in expenditures to the Virginia State Board of Elections.[2]

Campaign themes

Lincoln-Richardson stated the following in an October interview as the major issues facing the district:[1]

Three major issues currently addressing the school district are: academic achievement, teacher to pupil ratio in the classroom, and the emphasis of administrative importance over education. I believe, as a school district, we must return to the basic values of education, including early identification of under-achievers and develop a better approach to maintaining their attention and eagerness to participate in education. As educators, we need to make learning interesting, progressive, and applicable to real life situations.

Because our SOL scores have dropped dramatically and our sub groups, reflecting ethnicity and disability, have decreased in comparison scores with other public school districts in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the WJC school system must work to achieve better than a minimum rating. We are not getting the value in our education that we should in terms of the taxpayer dollars per student we receive. How much is WJC paying per student for education compared with the better SOL performing school districts in the Commonwealth? Why are our expectations of our school system less than other school districts? Why do we accept less and pay more?

Teachers achieve their best performance and effective learning results when addressing smaller size classes. I believe an increase in the number of qualified educators is needed with equally qualified assistants in every classroom. Educators do not have sufficient time to tailor education for thirty or more students. Educators must address individual learning needs and maximize learning potential for each student within a minimum amount of time daily to overfull classes.

Also, administration staffing is top heavy, including coaching executives and consulting studies. We need to focus on effectively increasing contact between educators/teachers and our students. Teachers provide the needed learning, promote student interaction, and provide the expansion and application of critical thinking skills in our children. Teachers are the driving force of education and need the resources (smaller class size, qualified assistants, and learning resource tools) to effectively reach the students and build an articulated learning level from one year to the next, building on previously demonstrated knowledge and new learning techniques.

Building a new administration building, for $8.5 M, as recommended by the administration, will not increase learning in the classroom. I consider a new administration building as an example of fiscal irresponsibility at this point in the economy. Monies can be better allocated for needed educational development and resources for our teachers and our students in the classrooms. The WJC Schools must not only achieve the minimum Standards of Learning, established by the Commonwealth of Virginia, for all school districts, but show consistent improvement in student learning for our children, as well.

What was at stake?

Two seats were up for election on the Williamsburg-James City County Public School Board on November 5, 2013. Both incumbents sought re-election and retained their seats.

About the district

Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools is located in Williamsburg, VA
Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools is located in Williamsburg, Virginia. It serves both the city of Williamsburg and the county of James City. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Williamsburg is home to 14,068 residents.[3]


In terms of average household income and poverty rate, Williamsburg underperformed in these areas. The average household income was $50,742 compared to $63,302 in the entire state. Williamsburg had a poverty rate of 16.1%, while the poverty rate for Virginia was 10.7%. In terms of graduation rate, Williamsburg overperformed with 93.6% compared to 86.6% statewide.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Williamsburg City (%) Virginia (%)
White 74.0 71.1
Black 14.0 19.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.7 8.4
Asian 5.7 6.0
American Indian 0.3 0.5
Two or More Races 3.5 2.6

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 63.3 34.6
2008 63.8 34.7
2004 51.3 47.8
2000 46.3 47.7

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.[5]

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