Petersburg Ward 7 school board member faces formidable opponent

PETERSBURG — Though the school board races tend to be less noticed than the city council races, it plays a vital role in determining the direction that the school district goes in.

The school board approves of where the funding goes, what policies are made in schools, and what programs / curriculums are brought into the classrooms. This year, there are two contestants for Ward 7: incumbent Adrian Dance and Dr. Ronnie Watson.

Born and raised in Petersburg, Adrian Dance, 67, has served on the school board for eight years and he is hoping to have another run. Dance graduated with a bachelor’s in health, physical education and recreation at Norfolk State University. For most of his career, he worked as a shift manager at a tobacco company. In 2014, he beat out two other candidates for the school board position and in 2018, he ran uncontested. Now he will be up against a formidable opponent.

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