Mechanicsville, VA â€“ Caroline County celebrated the groundbreaking for the construction of the new Ladysmith Elementary School today. The new facility will serve 950 students in grades K-5 and is located in the Ladysmith Village development. In prepared remarks Delegate Peace expressed his support â€œToday is a great day for Caroline County and is a sign of how public and private partnerships can supply state of the art facilities with the least cost to the taxpayer and will enhance the educational opportunities for so many Caroline residents.â€
As a strong supporter of public education Peace has stood firm in his commitment to increased funding throughout the current budget impasse. The House budget plan provides almost a 19% increase in state funding for K-12 education and a 3% salary increase for teachers in addition to the base salary increase.
Additionally, the House plan increases the retiree health care monthly credit amount from $2.50 up to $4.00 per month for every year of creditable service into the Virginia Retirement System and removes the cap on the years of services that teachers can earn for the retiree health care credit.
Peace stated, â€œAs your state delegate I promised to preserve funding and high academic standards in our schools so our children are well prepared for the future. This session I worked for a greater return of your tax dollars to the 97th district to directly benefit your children in local classrooms.â€
Delegate Christopher K. Peace was elected to serve in the Virginia House of Delegates on January 24, 2006 in a Special Election in which Peace won 4 of 7 counties and 65% of the Districtâ€™s precincts. As the representative for the 97th District, Delegate Peace serves parts of Hanover, Caroline, King William, King and Queen, Henrico, Spotsylvania Counties and all of New Kent County. Peace now sits on the prominent House Courts of Justice, Health Welfare and Institutions, and Science and Technology Committees.