What Can I Do?

There are many ways to join our cause and advocate for our schools:

  • Contact, via email or telephone, your Board of Supervisor and School Board representatives to show support for positive actions on behalf of our schools and to state concerns, such as the need to restore funding. For examples and tips, go here. You can call ANY AND ALL board members, regardless of your district. Supervisors can be found here. School Board Members can be found here. If you would like to know which district you live in, you can click here and type in your home address. You can also check your voter registration card or call the county at 804-365-6000.
  • Subscribe to our local newspapers to stay informed on current issues and events. Submit Letters to the Editor to expressing your views. For examples and tips, go here.
  • Attend meetings of County government and give statements politely expressing your views and concerns during public commentary times.
    • The Hanover County School Board usually meets the second Tuesday of the month. The closed portion of the meeting begins at 6:00 pm with the public meeting beginning at 7:30 pm. For meeting schedules and minutes from past meetings, go here. If you wish to address the Board, contact the School Board office by 10 am the day prior to the scheduled meeting by phone at 804-365-4500 or by e-mail at hanover@hcps.us Additionally, the Board will usually allow for speakers from the floor who haven’t already submitted requests the night of the meeting. Individuals are given three minutes to speak and organizations are given six minutes.
    • The Hanover County Board of Supervisors meets at 2:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday and at 6:00 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month usually with only one meeting in each July, August and December. In November, the meeting that normally takes place on the fourth Wednesday is moved to the fourth Tuesday. For meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes, go here. Close to the start of the meeting, speakers are allotted up to five minutes to address the Board but only regarding items that are NOT on that night’s agenda.
    • The Joint Education Committee is made up of two Board of Supervisor members appointed by the Board of Supervisors and two School Board members appointed by the School Board. JEC meetings are open to the public; however, the committee doesn’t meet on a regular schedule, meeting instead “as needed.” To request to receive notification of these meetings contact Elizabeth Daniel at edaniel@hanovercounty.gov .
  • Support FOHS!
    • Sign up to follow our website (the rectangle in the upper right-hand corner)
    • Register with Friends of Hanover Schools:  New Member Registration.
    • Like us on facebook.
    • Follow us on twitter.
    • Recruit members. Forward this website to other citizens and supporters of Hanover County Public Schools.  Invite them to like us on facebook.
    • We are always looking for volunteers. Email us at friendsofhanoverschools@gmail.com if you are interested.
    • We need Hanover County Public School stakeholders to help show our decision makers the impact of their decisions. Please submit to us via e-mail written testimonials of your experiences with Hanover County Public Schools. See here for examples. Also, please take pictures which depict experiences and conditions. Those can be uploaded on our facebook page or emailed to friendsofhanoverschools@gmail.com.
    • Donate! All donations support our efforts to lobby for the best education possible in Hanover County. Funds are used to create and distribute informational materials about what is going on in Hanover schools, to organize candidates’ and other forums that we host, and to support local and state pro-public education candidates. Click here (FOHS Donation Form) to download our donation form. Mail your donation, along with this completed form, to our treasurer, Cathy Easter. All contact information and instructions are included on the form.
  • VOTE! Vote especially for local candidates who are responsive to stakeholder concerns and who support our schools. Turnout for local elections is too low considering that local government affects our day-to-day lives the most.

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