Large turnout for first VBEA rep meeting

More than 40 people attended and participated on Wednesday in the first Virginia Beach Education Association rep meeting of the 2015-16 school year at Landstown High School, making it one of the stronger turnouts in recent memory, with School Board member Bev Anderson among those at the meeting.

VBEA president Trenace Riggs was excited by the turnout.

“I want to thank all of the people who attended the meeting,” Riggs said. “I appreciate the effort the reps made to attend after a long day of classes, especially with some of them having open house nights at their schools. We don’t take their time and contributions lightly.”

Riggs also wanted to give a shout out to First Colonial High School rep Renee Brandt, who was attending the meeting on her birthday.

Jessica Baker, a VBEA rep at Arrowhead ES, says she and her family have benefited and saved by using The Penny Pincher card, which offers discounts to more than 20 restaurants in Virginia Beach. Jessica Baker (left), a rep at Arrowhead Elementary, talked about one of the many benefits to being a VBEA member – the Penny Pincher Discount Cards.
All new members received a card, which offers discounts to more than 25 local restaurants throughout Virginia Beach.

A special thanks goes out to all the local businesses who participated this year in the gifts for all our members.

Other notes from the meeting:

  • Oktoberfest will take place Oct. 24 at the VBEA office at 445 Kings Grant Rd. from 12-4 p.m.
  • The VEA Instructional Conference will take place Nov. 20-21 in Richmond with the theme of “Meeting the Needs of All Learners.”
  • Two VEA Pre-Legislative Workshop dinners will take place – Monday, Oct. 5 in Hampton from 4:30-7:30 p.m., location TBA, and Tuesday Oct. 6 in Norfolk from 5-8 p.m. at the Norfolk Tech Center.
  • More than 80 new members have signed up to become VBEA members since new teacher orientation held at Green Run HS. “Thank you to all the Board and members that came out and helped,” Riggs said. “What a success!

Reps also received updates on upcoming membership drives and other events.

The next rep meeting is Oct. 14 at 4:30 p.m. in the Landstown High School library.

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