Roanoke County School Board member Mike Wray is running for reelection to the Cave Spring District seat.

Wray announced his candidacy Tuesday in an email sent to media outlets.

Wray, a retired accountant with Norfolk Southern Corp., was first elected to the school board in 2015. Only the Cave Spring and Catawba district seats are open this fall.

Board Chairman Don Butzer, of the Catawba District, announced his candidacy in February. No other candidates had filed for either school board seat as of Tuesday.

Wray said he’s helped Roanoke County Public Schools “complete several major accomplishments including the largest-ever single salary increase in the history of the school system.”

The board in 2016 approved pay raises that totaled $4.6 million after a consultant produced a report on the school system’s compensation plans.

Wray said he’s also been active in the school division’s career and technical education program and a strong supporter of the student registered apprenticeship program that launched in 2017.

If reelected, Wray, 69, said his top priorities include addressing school facility needs.

“I want to continue to see that the Cave Spring [High] project is done like it should be done,” Wray said. “I’m excited to see it come together and want to make sure we stay on track.”

The $43.4 million renovation and expansion of Cave Spring High was delayed multiple times before crews broke ground in January.

Other schools in the division are also in need of work, Wray said. He said he wants the board to continue to work toward a solution for the Burton Center for Arts and Technology, which houses the majority of the division’s career and technical education courses.

A lack of space is considered a major issue in the aging facilities that comprise the Burton Center. Wray said working with other school divisions in the region to form a partnership could be the best path forward.

Wray has prior experience as a government official. From 2004 to 2008, he was a member of the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors. He served on the Radford University Board of Visitors and was rector of the board during the 2014-15 academic year.

Wray is currently a member of the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School Board.

The deadline for candidates to file for the two open seats on the Roanoke County School Board is June 11.

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