Traci Weese Furby is seeking election to the Barbour County Board of Education representing the South District.
A lifelong resident of Belington and Barbour County, she graduated from Philip Barbour High School in 1988. She is also a graduate of Davis & Elkins College with a bachelor's degree in accounting, minor in political science and associate degree's in real estate and nursing. Currently she is a registered nurse working with Dr. Matthew A. Cupp. She also works with Panhandle Support Services in Elkins.
Furby is the daughter of Arnold and Patty Weese of Belington. She and her husband, Gerald, a teacher at Philip Barbour High School, have four children, Trey, a student at Philip Barbour High School; Trace, a student at Belington Middle School; and Tristen and Trevor, students at Belington Elementary School.
Furby served on the Board of Education and RESA Advisory Council from 2002 to 2006. She is an active member of various school and community organizations, some of which include Belington Elementary School PTA, National Life Member PTA, Local School Improvement councils at BES, Belington Middle School and PBHS, Belington Revitalization Committee and Band Boosters at PBHS and BMS.
"The No. 1 priority for students in our school system is that they receive a quality education in a safe environment. This goes hand-in-hand with great curriculum and instruction. Students need to feel safe at school. There needs to be zero tolerance for bullying or harassment," she said. "I believe the current board members and superintendent have plans for school closures of the two small schools, Volga and Mt. Vernon, within the next few years. This would be detrimental to those students and the students in the larger schools.
"These small schools not only provide the education aspect to these children, but are also emergency shelters and are the heart of both of these communities. I believe that the board will be setting all the participants involved up for failure - and that is not an option," she said. "We also need to make the schools more community friendly. We need to not only give the students of Barbour County the basic knowledge to live life and have productive careers, but also the personal attributes to be lifelong learners, responsible citizens and productive adults," she said.
"I have a huge vested interest in the success of the school system in Barbour County, having four children in the system. All children deserve the opportunity to learn. I believe the responsibility and benefit of education is shared by the family, student, school, and community. Leadership and accountability are also keys to our success. I would strive for better communication among all parties involved and would be open to any suggestions or solutions to the problems facing our school system," she said.