New Loudoun School System Chief of Staff Named

The school division will welcome former Lake Braddock Secondary School Principal Daniel Smith as its new chief of staff, effective April 18.

Lake Braddock is a seventh through 12th grade secondary school in Fairfax County, and the second largest public school in the state. Prior his role in Fairfax County Public Schools, Smith was a principal at Floyd E. Kellam High School in Virginia Beach Public Schools. He holds a master’s degree from Shenandoah University and a doctorate of education from UVA.

He takes over a role previously held by Mark Smith, who left the school division in January. 

Mark Smith’s departure came after a report was released on the division’s handling of a sexual assault scandal. During his tenure as chief of staff, Mark Smith held the position of Title IX coordinator, although Superintendent Scott Ziegler held the title at the time of the assaults. Since the assaults, the division created a dedicated Title IX office. The new coordinator, Christopher Moy, began in March.

8 thoughts on “New Loudoun School System Chief of Staff Named

  • 2022-03-28 at 3:21 pm
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    I look forward to Scott Ziegler’s well deserved removal from office.

  • 2022-03-28 at 3:59 pm
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    All the best to Daniel Smith. He’ll play a key role in a school division beset by controversy. It’s my fervent hope that faith will be restored in LCPS. I truly believe good people are at the helm. Are they perfect? Of course not. Who is? But so far, I’ve seen no evidence that any LCPS official has acted malevolently. If Mr. Smith can help restore faith in LCPS, it will be greatly appreciated. Welcome to Spring Loudoun!

  • 2022-03-28 at 5:09 pm
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    Wait, this guy wants to come to Loudoun and work for Ziegler?

  • 2022-03-28 at 5:32 pm
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    Another Mr. Smith for Ziegler to throw under the bus when needed to save his own hide.

  • 2022-03-28 at 10:09 pm
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    Does he go by Chief Lacky Lackiman or by the short name of LCPS Fall Guy

  • 2022-03-29 at 9:33 am
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    Brave man. I wish him the best of luck in this role.
    Hopefully his employment agreement has robust language for protection from being Ziegler’s next “fall guy.”

  • 2022-03-29 at 10:07 am
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    Two questions I would hope a journalist would ask at some point: 1 Why aren’t school board members allowed to sit in and listen to executive level LCPS meetings managed by the chief of staff? 2 Why were none of the current executives including principals offered this position or did none of them even apply? 🙂

  • 2022-03-30 at 7:48 pm
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    The new Mr Smith may be Ziegler’s future fall guy, but Ziegler himself is the fall guy for the School Board. They have been directing the cover-up and endangerment of our school kids. When the investigations results are release, it will be Ziegler that is appropriately thrown under the bus. School Board members will be held accountable at the polls.
    Flush them all and save Loudoun education!

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