ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - An Albemarle County woman has tossed her hat in the race to represent the Scottsville District on the Albemarle County School Board.

This comes after current board member Stephen Koleszar announced he’s retiring from his post after 23 years on the board.

Ellen Moore Osborne, the executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle, is running to fill his seat. She says she's qualified to help Albemarle County address problems in the school system.

Osborne says she's running for school board because her kids had a great experience in county schools, but understands that's not the case for everyone.

Her three priorities are addressing the achievement gap, recruiting and developing staff, and putting a focus on high school and vocational education.

Osborne says the number one issue she hears from parents is how hard it is to advocate for student services.

“As an advocate for literacy, in my work life I help adults get the skills they need to get certifications and become employed at living wage jobs,” Osborne said. “And I'm thinking about all of the high schoolers out there, we want to make sure that they have - they're equipped to do the next step in their journey.”

Osborne believes every student has a gift and it's the job of the adults in their lives to help them discover it.

Osborne is currently the only person running for the Scottsville seat. The election is on November 5.