School Board Elects Morse as Chairman, Sets Meeting Times and Appointments

School Board Elects Morse as Chairman, Sets Meeting Times and Appointments

LGBTQ issues to be taken up at next meeting Jan 10.

Dulles District School Board member Jeff Morse was elected chairman of the Loudoun County School Board on Jan. 9, during the board’s organizational meeting of the new year.

Morse was nominated for the chairmanship by outgoing chairman Eric Hornberger (Ashburn), and elected on an 8-0-1 vote, with Joy Maloney (Broad Run) absent.

This is Morse’s second term on the School Board. Hornberger had served as chairman since January 2012.

Brenda Sheridan (Sterling) was unanimously re-elected as vice chairman, following her nomination by Beth Huck (At-Large).

In other business, the board reaffirmed the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month as its regular meeting dates. There will be no board meetings in July and no fourth Tuesday meeting in August and December. The first meeting in April will be moved to April 18 because of Spring Break, LCPS Public Information Officer Wayde Byard said.

The annual organizational meeting for 2018 was scheduled for Jan. 8.

The board also re-appointed Christine Coleman as clerk of the board. Shari Byrne was named deputy clerk. Assistant Superintendent for Business and Financial Services Leigh Burden, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Cynthia Ambrose, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Talent Development Dr. Kimberly Hough and Assistant Superintendent for Support Services Kevin Lewis were appointed as designees of the superintendent, Byard said.

Sheridan was re-appointed as delegate to the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) with Huck as alternate.
Twenty members of the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) were memorialized and ratified for a term beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2018, Byard said.

Committee appointments were not changed during the meeting, but may change in the months to come, Byard said.

The board will hold its next regular meet on Jan. 10, and is expected to decide on whether to add LGBTQ-specific protections to employment discrimination and student harassment policies. Byard said there will be no action on the recommended termination of Dominion High School principal John Brewer.