Loudoun School Board Seeks Option for Staggered Terms

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.

5 thoughts on “Loudoun School Board Seeks Option for Staggered Terms

  • 2020-10-01 at 3:53 pm

    Finally. A good idea emerges from this School Board.

  • 2020-10-01 at 4:20 pm

    What is staggering is the incredulity shown to current students in terms of shutting down the system and then believing K-3 graders could learn on their own unsupervised spending many hours per day on a computer. Does it really take an experienced school board member to see how unfair the continued busing of the poorest of Loudoun from Plaza Street to three other elementary schools instead of allowing these students to WALK to Frederick Douglas E.S.? Does it really take a long term school board member to understand how hurtful the composite index is to Loudoun which this board didn’t even bother to add it to the legislative packet in December? As a former 8 year school board member it takes dedication to the law authorizing school boards and a belief that all constituents you represent deserve your best efforts representing them responsibly. How about PROVING this is a truth before considering whether you deserve to run again regardless if it is for a staggered or full term. 🙂

  • 2020-10-01 at 4:42 pm

    Is this so that they won’t ALL be swept out of office for gross dereliction of duty?

    The SB is failing Loudoun’s children and Loudoun’s taxpayers.

  • 2020-12-11 at 2:01 pm

    The school board is returning 26 million of a 1.287 billion dollar budget maybe we should ask how much those free meals cost the taxpayer? We knew Sheridan was not ready for prime time and we forgive one mistake but add Reaser, Corbo and Barts and the board is overloaded!

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