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Davis and Hock vie for Dahlgren District school board seat in King George election

Voters in King George’s Dahlgren District will have a choice on the ballot for school board in the Nov. 3 election, with John C. Davis and Gayle W. Hock squaring off for the position.
The King George School Board is a five-member board with staggered terms of four years for each member, with single candidates running unopposed for the At-Large and James Madison districts.
Brief profiles of the two Dahlgren District School Board candidates follow:

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John C. Davis
Davis, who will turni 57 by Election Day, is currently chairman of the school board. He is  completing a four-year term in the At-Large position. He previously served an additional eight years, 2000-2007, serving as both chairman and vice chairman several times.
He has served as a PTA leader at the local, district and state level and was a trustee of Salem Baptist Church and local volunteer coach.
“I will continue to put the students’ interest first in every decision,” Davis said. “I believe in being the voice for all students, emphasizing data-driven decision-making and improving course offerings and vocational preparation to expand post-secondary options for both college and workforce-bound students.”
Davis has been instrumental in board action to improve teacher salaries by adjusting the teacher salary scale to make it more competitive.
 “I will continue to improve teacher salaries and provide them with the tools and professional development they need to provide a quality education for our students,” Davis said. “I will continue to provide a transparent board through the media and an open relationship with King George Citizens.”
In his school board capacity, he served 12 years as state delegate to the Virginia State School Board Association, receiving a nomination as regional school board member of the year. He also served on various division advisory committees, including Code of Conduct, Special Education, Commonwealth Governors School, Career and Technical Education, and Safe and Drug Free Schools. Service on other division committees include those for character education, teacher of the year, finance and high school architecture, as well as on the county Ralph Bunch advisory committee.
Davis has lived in King George since 1974, graduating from King George High School in 1977. He is employed at Exit Professional Real Estate and is President of David Corporation.

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Gayle W. Hock
Hock, 68, has lived in King George since 1970. She retired in June from the King George school division, where she served for 12 years as a school social worker and supervisor of counseling and social work service.    
In addition to social work, her duties included truancy, court liaison, foster care liaison, crisis team manager, supervisor of home-school students, and was the school rep to the county Social Services department.
“One of my proudest accomplishments was to secure the grant to purchase automated external defibrillators for the elementary school settings, the pre-school and the school board office. Other grants were received to provide for curriculum in drug and violence prevention and other safety programs,” Hock said.
While with the division, Hock chaired numerous committees, including Safe and Drug Free Schools, Character Education, Health and Safe Schools, and the Code of Conduct Workgroups.
She has also volunteered with Hospice Care in King George and Fredericksburg.
She earned a Bachelor’s in psychology in 1969 from Agnes Scott College and also attended graduate school there in psychology 1970.
She obtained a Master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1979 and a post-graduate certificate in college admissions counseling in 2013 from UCLA.  
She has experience working with children and families. Prior to her division employment, she was a social worker for various agencies, including King George Social Services, 1971-75, and Fredericksburg Social Services, 1975-79. She worked for Family Service Association at Fort Belvoir and DeWitt Army Hospital during graduate school,  
Early Learning Center Pre-school at Oakland Baptist Church, 1985-89, and Mary Washington Hospital Home Health, 1989-93.
“My goal is to provide children with a love of learning and skills to provide for a productive future,” Hock said. “We must recognize employees’ efforts in educating our students.”
She added, “The School Board must work openly with all to provide: safe schools with a bully-free environment; short- and long-term facilities’ plans as capital improvement requests; increased diversity and skills among staff; excellent professional development opportunities and a strong compensation plan; increased vocational/career skills to prepare students for the future; services to identify and support students who are at risk for barriers to learning; and, effective discipline plans for students.”

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