School Board Chair Dawn Shelley comments on Spotsy Wire Facebook page

Spotsylvania County School Board Chair Dawn Shelley commented on our July 26 post on the Spotsy Wire facebook page. During the July 26 school board meeting, we posted this “Shelley claims, without evidence, there are more people that want masking.” A few days later, Mrs Shelley responded to our facebook post saying “Wow…I did say I had more emails.. Lol”. After we asked Mrs Shelley to provide specific information to support her claim, she immediately deleted her post on our facebook page.

After she deleted her post, the Spotsy Wire emailed Mrs Shelley for information to support her claim. We emailed her 7 days ago. Since Mrs Shelley has not responded, we believe that the school board chair made up the claim. Here is a screen capture of Mrs Shelley responding to our facebook post.

August 9 Spotsylvania County School Board Meeting

The next Spotsylvania County School Board meeting is on Monday August 9. On the agenda, school staff is seeking approval to purchase $550,000 worth of virtual software for online learning thru CARES act funding. The school division is also looking to achieve debt service savings. Given current events, the new business section on the agenda should be interesting. Spotsy Wire will provide a writeup and commentary on the August 9 meeting.

Spotsylvania School Mask Mandate with Opt-Out Provision

Erin Grampp’s motion to mandate masks unless a parent submits an opt-out form passed at the July 26 school board meeting. The Grampp motion adds a burden of responsibility on parents to submit an opt-out form. The Grampp motion also adds more responsibility on school staff to enforce the mandate or check every students opt-out form status. Erin Grampp is the school board member from the Berkeley district.

At the July 12 school board meeting, a motion was proposed to make it the parent’s choice on whether their child wears a mask with no forms required. This proposal has no added burdens to parents or school staff. Grampp, Daniels, Braswell, and Shelley voted against the much simpler parental choice option and the motion was defeated 4-3.

The July 12 motion was less bureaucratic and less burdensome than the July 26 motion. Grampp developed and pushed for the more bureaucratic and more burdensome version.

School Board Special meeting on 7/26

The Spotsylvania County School board is holding a special meeting on Monday July 26. The main discussion point is the masking of students. The Spotsy Wire will provide LIVE commentary of the special meeting on 7/26 on our facebook page –

The agenda is at the link below