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Leesburg District School Board Member Resigns


Leesburg District School Board member Beth Barts announced her resignation – effective November 2 – on Friday, October 15.


“This was not an easy decision, or a decision made in haste,” Barts wrote in an email to her fellow board members and the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) administration. “After much thought and careful consideration, it is the right decision for me and my family.”


Following the effective date of Barts’ resignation, the School Board will begin the process of filling the Leesburg District seat in accordance with its Policy 2120.


This policy states, in part, that within 15 days of a vacancy, the School Board will petition the Loudoun County Circuit Court to issue a writ of election to fill the vacancy. Within 45 days of the vacancy, the remaining members of the School Board will appoint a qualified voter of the Leesburg District to fill the vacancy. The School Board will set a deadline for the submission of applications to fill the vacancy. At least seven days prior to the appointment by the School Board, it must hold a public hearing to receive the views of citizens and interview applicants for the Leesburg District seat.


“I want to thank Board Member Barts for her service to the Leesburg District,” said School Board Chair Brenda L. Sheridan. “The School Board will announce its process for filling the Leesburg seat at its October 26 meeting and anticipates filling this position at its December 14 meeting.”


Published October 15, 2021