Four months after being appointed to a vacant seat on the School Board, Chris Croll has announced she will not seek election to the post in November.
Croll was appointed to finish the term ofEric DeKenipp, who resigned in October. She will continue to represent the Catoctin District until Dec. 31.
“For some people, being a School Board member is a marathon … four or eight years of dedicated service. For me, it has always been a sprint. I raised my hand to serve last December knowing I would pour my heart and soul into this job for a year in the hopes of helping to make Loudoun County Public Schools an even more welcoming, safe, academically rigorous, supportive, best-in-class school division. When I accepted the appointment, I had to put my business, writing and other professional ambitions on hold,” Croll wrote in a Facebook post announcing her plans.
During a recent debate on the controversial proposal to add LGBT protections to the school district’s equal opportunity policy, critics of that change objected to having an “unelected” board member represent their interests. “I’m announcing this today because I’m hoping the naysayers will clear out and let me focus unfettered on the work I’m trying to get done,” she wrote.
She said her goals remain to improve transparency, communication and connection between the division and the public; to better support the county’s most vulnerable students; to better understand how decisions are made at LCPS and why; and to “shine a bright light of love over our community.”
“I don’t intend to slow down … in fact, removing the political chatter should allow me to work even more ferociously towards these goals,” she wrote.