Staggered Terms Signed into Law; School Board Members will Draw Lots

Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed a bill enacting staggered terms for Loudoun County School Board members today, after his attempt to use the bill to shorten terms for board members failed in the state Senate. 

The bill, sponsored by Del. David Reid (D-32), sought to make technical updates to 2021 legislation to stagger the terms of the nine School Board members. It passed in the state house with a 100-0 vote, and in the Senate with a 39-0-1 vote.

The attempt to move the elections was met with praise from some School Board critics, while enraging Democrats.

“I think what has happened is this has gone way beyond the political issues that were going on that the governor was using and has now really crossed the line and gotten into the undermining of democratic principles,” Reid said during an April 20 legislative debrief.

The House voted to adopt Youngkin’s amendment on April 27 with a 51-48 vote, but the senate rejected the recommendation the same day with a vote of 22-18.

The Loudoun County Electoral Board will draw lots to determine the members of four of the nine county electoral districts who will be elected for two-year terms.

11 thoughts on “Staggered Terms Signed into Law; School Board Members will Draw Lots

  • 2022-05-27 at 4:33 pm
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    How outrageous of Youngkin to attempt to truncate the terms of Loudoun’s school board. He must live in La La Land if he thought his scheme had a chance of passing. These next four years will be difficult. But thank goodness Youngkin can’t serve a consecutive term. Best wishes to all for a blessed Memorial Day weekend!

    • 2022-05-29 at 8:59 pm
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      Hey Timmy, Why are you blaming the Gov? The Gov does NOT vote on Legislation. That job goes to the General Assembly. And, if you didn’t know, The GOP does NOT control both Houses of the General Assembly.

      This Bill, which became law was sponsored by Del. David Reid (D-32). The Blame goes to Reid. It was his idea.

      • 2022-05-31 at 10:47 am
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        What do you expect from authoritarians, knowledge of civics and how our government actually works? They seem to think that every new law can be passed by edict (aka Executive Order) or by judicial activism… neither of which is true. All an Executive Order can do is create points of emphasis or interpretations of existing law. They cannot create new law. The same is true for the Judiciary, because they can only work from two things… the law as enacted and the Constitution.

        Legislatures are more concerned with getting reelected, so they avoid doing their jobs as much as possible.

  • 2022-05-27 at 6:24 pm
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    Would it not be appropriate to have staggered terms while staggering districts. For example, Broad Run (or whatever Dist) should have 2 years the first election and then 4 years the next election. Doesn’t seem equitable for the same districts to continously have 2 year term while others have 4.

  • 2022-05-27 at 7:16 pm
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    Loudoun County would have been much better served by the opportunity for a clean sweep this November and the ability to begin to repair reputation of the county. I am actually outraged that Del. David Reid is now attempting to take a victory lap with this bill. Reid was one who voted along party lines to pass an earlier bill that relieved the LCSB and the flawed, tyrannical Superintendent, of any responsibility to report vitally any assaults up to, and including rape. I think we all know what subsequently occurred. What also should be pointed out is that all though this tragic situation, Del. Reid was not seen or heard and apparently had no opinion of the ramifications his vote contributed to. What a complete dereliction of leadership.

    • 2022-05-31 at 3:05 pm
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      I agree with EJ Lockwood. It would have been better for Loudoun to have an election on all of them at once so we can start over with a school board that will raise the standard on math and reading requirements for students.

    • 2022-06-01 at 10:16 am
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      Bless your heart. You actually think any of the incumbents will lose. You grossly underestimate the amount of support they have in the actual community.

  • 2022-05-30 at 7:31 am
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    Voters will do what is needed.

    All members of the School Board should be flushed down the toilet as they are a national embarrassment and none of them have any interest in helping our children.

    Ziegler should be fired for lying and endangering Loudoun youth.

  • 2022-05-30 at 3:36 pm
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    The kids are doomed unless they get new school board majority next year.

  • 2022-05-31 at 7:47 am
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    Just vote each member out. That’s all we need to do. We need to vote in those who just want our kids to be educated with the basics and not become pawns for liberal or far right social activism causes.

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