Editor's note: In the original story, we said that Foster graduated from Liberty University. He attended the college but did not graduate
Residents can add one more name to the upcoming election for the Waynesboro School Board. William Foster Jr. announced on Thursday his plans to file for the Ward C seat, currently held by Jeremy Taylor. Earlier in the month, Taylor announced that he didn’t plan to run for another term on the board.
“ Our schools are the foundation of what our society is presently and will be in the future,” Foster said in a statement. “We must be advocates of our teachers and administrators and provide them with the resources and tools to produce the best students and future leaders as possible.”
Foster owns and operates the social media business known as 2itionme.com. People can go to the website and contribute toward a student’s school debt. In return, they can ask that student to do some type of work in the community. Foster also works as a manager for Heritage Hospitality, which operates the Residence Inn and Hampton Inn here in Waynesboro, the Hampton Inn in Staunton and Charlottesville’s Hilton Garden Inn, among others.
In his announcement, Foster outlined a few areas he hoped to focus on as a school board member. The first was school safety, as he feels the district needs proactive solutions to protect the students, teachers and administrators. Foster also said that he felt teachers in the district needed a pay raise.
“ Good teachers should be compensated,” Foster said. “This would also help in teacher retention. They deserve it and so do our children.”
Foster added that he is also a supporter of Code.org, a non-profit that helps make computer science education available in more schools as part of the core curriculum.
"We live in the age of technology", said Foster. “There have been substantial advances in our schools in becoming more technological. For example, at William Perry, the children have access to computers and iPads, something that only a few years ago were not available".
He also proposed introducing ideas like computer coding down at the elementary level.
When asked how he would fund these initiatives, Foster said that he needs to look at the district’s budget first and see how they could be implemented.
A Liberty University attendee, Foster has lived with his family in Waynesboro since 2002. His two children, ages seven and nine, are students in the Waynesboro system.