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Virginia Powers

For Washington County Board of Education

For Washington County Board of Education

July 13, 2006

Schools would be safer and more efficient if metal detectors were placed at their entrances, said Virginia Powers, an investigator for Washington County prosecutors, who has filed to run for a seat on the county Board of Education.

Powers, 46, of 11901 Indian Lane in Hagerstown, has been an investigator with the Washington County Office of the State's Attorney for 11 years. Before that, Powers served as a county District Court commissioner and an officer with the Hagerstown Police Department.

"My community is very important to me, and it's time I take a more active role in it," Powers said of her decision to run.

"Student safety is very important to me. I don't feel that we've done enough to keep our children safe," said Powers, who has a teenage daughter in Washington County Public Schools.

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"I think we should have metal detectors in schools - that would give most parents a little sense of security," Powers said. "This is 2006, and we have some major issues with drugs and weapons."

Powers said she also wants students to be better prepared to enter the work force, and feels there should be more through the schools to teach them what to expect.

Powers said this is her first run for public office, but she has held positions with several organizations over the years.

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