Write-in race see Schnepf named to District 1 school board seat

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: December 1, 2019 | 1:45 p.m. 

DINWIDDIE – School division and election officials confirmed Dinwiddie Middle School resource officer Jerry Schnepf was the successful write-in candidate for the school board’s lone seat that saw no candidates declare for this month’s election.

Dinwiddie County Public Schools announced Schnepf was the winning candidate for the school board’s District 1 seat, currently held by Teresa Stump, who declined to seek reelection and will end her service to the board at the end of this year. According to school division officials, Schnepf is currently serving as a school resource officer at Dinwiddie Middle School and has spent the past 21 years in law enforcement with the last 10 being with the Dinwiddie Sherriff’s Office.

“Mr. Schnepf is excited to become a member of the School Board and looks forward to working to enhance the safety of our school system for our students and staff,” Christie Clarke, DCPS’ director of school and community relations shared in a statement last week.

Joining Schnepf as a new member of the Dinwiddie School Board is Betty Haney, who was elected to the board’s District 2 seat after her husband William also declined a re-election bid.

According to a bio provided by the school division, Haney is a retired math teacher with over two decades of educational experience. Since retiring from Dinwiddie High School, she has been active in many community organizations including the Sutherland Ruritan Club and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 284 in Colonial Heights. She is also very involved in her church, Ocran United Methodist Church, where she has worked with the United Methodist Women and the Hospitality Committee.

Both Schnepf and Haney will be sworn in before they begin their terms in January.

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