Following an election that saw seven of its nine seats filled by new members, the School Board is requesting permission from the General Assembly to switch to a system of staggard membership.
John Beatty (Catoctin) made the motion to add the issue to the School Board’s legislative priority list. He said it was important to provide for more continuity on the board, but also allow a more rapid turnaround—with elections every two years—if voters seek a different direction for the division leadership.
Vice Chairwoman Atoosa Reaser (Algonkian), who chairs the board’s Legislative and Policy Committee, noted that 50 school boards in the commonwealth already operate with staggered terms. However, the enabling legislation that allowed that conversion has expired. She suggested the board support bills that provide localities the option to switch.
The earliest a change could be made in Loudoun is 2024, after the term of current members expire.
Only Denise Corbo (At Large) opposed the request.