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Pricillia E. Burnett
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Board member, Newport News School Board, North District
Term ends
June 2014
Years in position 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 6, 2014
First electedMay 4, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMethodist College
ProfessionRetired police officer
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Pricillia E. Burnett currently represents the North district on the Newport News School Board in Virginia. She was first elected to the board in 2010. Burnett lost her re-election bid against challenger Douglas C. Brown in the general election on May 6, 2014.


Burnett earned a B.S. in physical education from Methodist College. She served as a police officer with the Newport News Police Department from 1983 until her retirement in 2005. Burnett is the author of three books of poetry and runs Everette Publishing. She has two seven children and two grandchildren.[1]



See also: Newport News Public Schools elections (2014)


Pricillia E. Burnett lost to challenger Douglas C. Brown in the North district race in the general election on May 6, 2014.


Newport News Public Schools, Central General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDouglas C. Brown 50.8% 1,132
     Nonpartisan Pricillia E. Burnett Incumbent 48.4% 1,077
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.8% 18
Total Votes 2,227
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections, "Official Results - General and Special Elections - May 6, 2014," May 6, 2014


Burnett reported $282.34 in contributions and $253.44 in expenditures to the Virginia State Board of Elections, leaving her campaign with $28.90 on hand prior to the election.[2]


Burnett was endorsed by the Daily Press for the May 6, 2014 general election.[3]


Newport News Public Schools, North General Election, 4-year term, May 4, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPricillia E. Burnett 35.6% 1,570
     Nonpartisan Michael W. Wagner 33.7% 1,488
     Nonpartisan John W. McMillan, Jr. 30.2% 1,331
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.5% 20
Total Votes 4,409
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections, "May 4, 2010 City Election Official Results," accessed March 17, 2014

What was at stake?

Issues in the election

April 24 candidate forum

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference held a candidate forum at the district's administration building on April 24, 2014. The forum featured tense discussions between moderators Bill Thomas and Pat Woodbury and candidates answering questions about academic performance, student assessments and anti-gang efforts in the district. Board member Jeff Stodghill stated that the district had made progress on improving academic performance over the past four years. Thomas, the director of government relations at Hampton University, criticized Stodghill's optimistic view and cited poor performance by students at local colleges as an example of the district's struggles. Curtis D. Bethany III expressed concerns about the difficulty level of the state's Standard of Learning assessments, which led Thomas to state that state assessment examples he reviewed were simple.[4]

Woodbury, a member of the Newport News City Council, questioned candidates about the school board's willingness to support the city's anti-gang violence initiatives. She suggested that district officials discourage teachers from seeking disciplinary action against students to avoid damaging the district's reputation. Board member Betty Bracey Dixon argued that gang activity is more commonplace in district schools than is reported. Burnett advocated for alternative education options for gang members rather than seeking criminal punishment.[4]

About the district

See also: Newport News Public Schools, Virginia
Newport News Public Schools is located in Newport News, Virginia
Newport News Public Schools is located in Newport News, a city in eastern Virginia. According to the United States Census Bureau, Newport News is home to 180,726 residents.[5] Newport News Public Schools is the ninth-largest school district in Virginia, serving 29,948 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[6]


Newport News underperformed in comparison to the rest of Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 23.9 percent of Newport News 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 Newport News was $50,744 compared to $63,636 for the state of Virginia. The poverty rate in Newport News was 14.5 percent compared to 11.1 percent for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2010[5]
Race Newport News (%) Virginia (%)
White 49.0 68.6
Black or African American 40.7 19.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.4
Asian 2.7 5.5
Two or More Races 4.3 2.9
Hispanic or Latino 7.5 7.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[7]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 64.3 34.2
2008 63.9 35.2
2004 51.9 47.4
2000 51.5 46.7

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.[8]

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