Dom Morse Celebrates Win for Charlottesville School Board

Dom Morse, the 2020 Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) Educator of the Year, released the following statement after winning a seat on the Charlottesville School Board:

“Thank you, Charlottesville! Thank you for believing in me and entrusting me to serve on the Charlottesville School Board. Now, more than ever, as our community continues to make its way through this pandemic, we must prioritize the health and well-being of our students. Right now, students, teachers, and families need leaders who will show up and fight for them and what they need. As your representative, I will listen, engage, and empower student voices to move us forward.”

Incumbent Larson-Torres top vote-getter in Charlottesville School Board race

Two new people are joining the Charlottesville School Board after votes were counted Tuesday night.

Three of the seven seats were on the ballot this year. Incumbent Lisa Larson-Torres received the most votes — 7,329 — from among the five candidates in her bid for a second term, according to unofficial results posted online Tuesday. Albemarle educator Dom Morse and real estate agent Emily Dooley rounded out the top three vote-getters. Longtime board member Leah Puryear did not receive enough votes to stay on the board for a fifth term.

ELECTION RESULTS: Wade, Pinkston win Charlottesville City Council, Paige keeps Albemarle County School Board seat

The Charlottesville School Board race, meanwhile, included five candidates vying for three open seats. By the end of the night, incumbent Lisa Larson-Torres along with newcomers Dom Morse and Emily Dooley appeared to have won.

At 11 p.m. Tuesday, Larson-Torres had nearly 24% of the votes, Dooley and Morse each had just over 21%, while incumbent and longtime member Leah Puryear had just over 18% and Christa Bennett — who was endorsed by Wade — nearly 15%.

Five candidates vying for three seats on Charlottesville School Board

Three seats on the Charlottesville School Board on the ballot Tuesday and voters will have to decide from a pool of five candidates.

Two incumbents — Lisa Larson-Torres and Leah Puryear — are on the ballot along with three newcomers — Christa Bennett, Emily Dooley and Dom Morse.

This year’s election comes as the Charlottesville school system is seeing a change in leadership with new superintendent Royal Gurley Jr. joining the division in October and longtime board member Juandiego Wade stepping down at the end of the year. The division also is continuing to work through the pandemic’s effects on students, families and staff members and on efforts aimed at creating a more equitable school system.

Charlottesville School Board candidates discuss reconfiguration project during forum

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – When thousands of Charlottesville voters go to the polls in a few weeks, they will have some important decisions to make. This includes picking 3 of 5 school board members on the ballot.

Thursday, those five candidates shared their vision during a virtual town hall. They touched on several topics — from equity, to staffing help, to teacher pay and wellness. But amidst the wide-ranging conversation was a dialogue about one of the more critical issues they hope to tackle: the $100 million school reconfiguration plan.

Each of the candidates had a chance to pitch themselves as the best person to move the pricy project forward. They all support it, and are excited about it.

Dom Morse wants to advocate for Charlottesville’s underserved children and parents as School Board member

Growing up in the Charlottesville- and Albemarle-area, Dom Morse faced adversity and he felt the school division didn’t serve him well enough.

He ended up earning a GED instead of traditionally graduating high school. So, Morse said, that he’s running for one of three open seats on Charlottesville City School Board to help ensure students have better outcomes. 

Morse has also gone on to become the Youth Entrepreneurship Facilitator at Community Lab School, a charter school in Albemarle County. In 2020, The Charlottesville Business Innovation Council awarded him as “Educator of the Year” for his work. 

Get Schooled: City school board candidates detail priorities in pre-election forum

In addition to electing a new governor and several other local and state leaders, Charlottesville residents will vote for city school board members on November 2. Five candidates are competing for three spots: Strive for College CEO Christa Bennett, real estate agent Emily Dooley, Albemarle County youth entrepreneurship facilitator Dom Morse, school board chairwoman and physical therapist Lisa Larson-Torres, and longtime board member Leah Puryear.

Dom Morse Wins Endorsements from Charlottesville Leaders, Local Government Officials

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — Today, Charlottesville School Board candidate Dom Morse announced a slate of endorsements from Charlottesville community leaders, parents, school board members, and local government officials. The endorsements highlight Morse’s innovative approach, personal experience with the school district, and professional experience as an educator.

Albemarle educator eyes seat on city School Board

An educator in the Albemarle County school division is seeking a spot on the Charlottesville School Board. Dom Morse leads career technical education, such as design, and entrepreneurship programs at the county’s charter school.

He said he would bring a different perspective to the seven-member board, given that he’s an educator and that he attended city schools growing up. He said he was recruited to run by a group of parents who felt their voices were not being heard.

“So I’m here to represent and give voice to some people that feel like they don’t have a voice,” he said.

The Daily Progress: June 9, 2021

Albemarle Co. charter school educator awarded for bringing innovation into the classroom

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) – An educator at the Community Charter Middle School (CCMS) in Albemarle County is being recognized for his commitment to innovation in the classroom, but his students say he’s much more than their teacher.

“When he teaches, he does it in the funniest way and like makes it fun,” Eli Hampton, a student at CCMS, said.

CCMS Youth Entrepreneurship Facilitator Dom Morse works side-by-side with students, helping them design and development hands-on projects.

NBC29: October 5, 2020

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