School Board Summary June 28, 2022


The Loudoun County School Board held a meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

Chair
Jeff Morse (Dulles District), Vice Chair Ian Serotkin (Blue Ridge District), Atoosa Reaser (Algonkian District), Harris Mahedavi (Ashburn District), Andrew Hoyler (Broad Run District), John Beatty (Catoctin District), Tom Marshall (Leesburg District) and Brenda Sheridan (Sterling District) attended the meeting at the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Administrative Offices, 21000 Education Court, Ashburn. Denise Corbo (At-Large) attended remotely. 

WORK SESSION

Superintendent Dr. Scott Ziegler, Deputy Dr. Ashley Ellis, Chief of Staff Dr. Daniel Smith and Mike Martin of RTI International outlined the final draft of the School Board’s Strategic Plan. Neil C. Slevin, Executive Director, Division of Teaching and Learning, and Kathryn Neal, Supervisor - Early Literacy, Elementary Reading & Writing, presented an Early Literacy Update.

RECOGNITIONS

Dr. Ziegler recognized Jenny Young, who aided a Loudoun County Public Schools student experiencing a medical emergency, and LCPS Patrol Officer Greg Grimes, who assisted a motorist in distress.  

ACTION

The School Board Approved:

Minutes;  Finance and Operations Committee: Acceleration of ES-32 Opening and use of the Construction Management at Risk (CMaR) Project Delivery Method; Finance and Operations Committee: RFP #R22286 Lease/Purchase Financing of Vehicles and Equipment; HRTD Committee: Revisions to Policy 7306, Personnel Records; HRTD Committee: Revisions to Policy 7330, Employment of Temporary Employees; HRTD Committee: Policy 7612, Experience Credit for Teacher, Licensed, and Auxiliary New Hires; HRTD Committee: Revisions Policy 7614, Classification and Placement of Positions for the Universal Salary Scale and deletion of Policy 7670 and Policy 7672; HRTD Committee: Revisions to Policy 7710, Annual Leave; Student Services Committee: Revision of Policy 3050, Trained Service Animals; Student Services Committee: Revision of Policy 8080, Home Instruction (Home Schooling); and Student Services Committee: Adoption of Policy 8445, Concussions in Students and Student-Athletes and Deletion of Policy 8-58; and Personnel Actions, including the following administrative appointments:

Beth Robinson was named executive principal, middle school, effective July 1, 2022. Ms. Robinson holds a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences from The University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario; a master’s degree in education administration & supervision from Shenandoah University; and a certificate in special education leadership from George Mason University. She has served as a family and consumer science teacher, dean and principal at Harper Park Middle School and as assistant director, special education, specialized education for Loudoun County Public Schools.
 

Dr. Ashley Cramp as executive principal-elementary school, Department of Instruction, effective August 1, 2022. Dr. Cramp received her undergraduate degree from James Madison University; her master’s degree from George Mason University; and her doctorate from Virginia Tech. She has served as a middle school teacher at Harper Park Middle School; a dean at Eagle Ridge Middle School; and as an elementary and middle school principal and as PK-12 director of instruction for Manassas City Public Schools. 

Chris Bennett as executive director, human resources and talent development, effective July 1, 2022. Mr. Bennett holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lycoming College; a master’s degree in counselor education from Pennsylvania State University; and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Shenandoah University. He has served as a special education counselor for the Loudoun County Public Schools Department of Pupil Services; as a school counselor at Loudoun Valley High School; as a dean at J. Lupton Simpson Middle School; as a specialist, personnel and supervisor, personnel for the Department of Personnel Services; and as director, human resources and talent development for the Department of Human Resources and Talent Development.

Neal Kraus as principal of Horizon Elementary School, effective July 1, 2022. Mr. Kraus holds a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from East Stroudsburg University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from George Mason University. He has served as a health and physical education teacher at Belmont Ridge and Trailside middle schools and as a dean and assistant principal at Countryside Elementary School.

Dr. Gregory Mihalik as principal of Sugarland Elementary School, effective July 1, 2022. Dr. Mihalik holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary and kindergarten education from Pennsylvania State University; a master’s degree in reading education K-12 and an education specialist certification in leadership and supervision from the University of Virginia; and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Liberty University. He has served as a teacher at Newton-Lee and Discovery elementary schools; as an instructional facilitator for the Loudoun County Public Schools Department of Instruction; and as the principal of Sugarland Elementary School.

Casey Jones as director, budget & financial analytics, Department of Business and Financial Services, effective July 1, 2022. Mr. Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from the Virginia Military Institute. He has served as a senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton. 
 

Lisa Wilkins as director-accounting, Department of Business and Financial Services, effective July 11, 2022. Ms. Wilkins holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia. She has served as a business assurance senior associate for Price Waterhouse Coopers; as a corporate finance manager for the National Geographic Society; as controller for Worldeb.Net Inc.; as a contractor serving as director of finance for Youth for Understanding; as controller and treasurer for Vance International; as assistant controller for Independence Air; as senior manager, AOL, Inc.; and as director of Finance for Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School.     

 … FY22 Appropriated, Unspent Year-End Funds Request and FY23 Budget Update.

… the 2022-2027 Loudoun County Public Schools Strategic Plan.

New Policy 7715, Parental and Medical Paid Leave and Deletion of Policy 7718 and Policy 7780.

… Collective Bargaining Certification Process.

… Annual Grant Application for the 2022-2023 School Year for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as Amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).

… Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) 2021-2022 Head Start Annual Training and Report and PY30 Grant Application and Budget for Funding Period December 1, 2022, to November 30, 2023.

… Policy 8350, Student Activities.

… Additional Nominees for the Loudoun Education Alliance of Families (LEAF) Members.

… Douglass High School Commemorative Naming Recommendations.

… Fall 2022 School Board Meeting Calendar for a Secondary School Attendance Zone Change Process and Fiscal Year 2024 Capital Budgets.

Supplemental for Supply Chain Assistance Funding.

… Milestone Towers’ Proposed Woodgrove High School Cellular Tower.

… Supplemental Staffing Request.

INFORMATION ITEMS

School Board member Tom Marshall (Leesburg District) spoke about placing an International Baccalaureate Program at Tuscarora High School.

Department of Support Services: Chief Operating Officer Kevin Lewis detailed a school name review and suggested a work session be scheduled in early fall for the School Board and the Black History Committee to examine and discuss the recommendations of the Black History Committee.

Department of Instruction: Dr. Ellis and Supervisor, Student Assistance Services Jennifer Evans presented the Drug and Substance Abuse Report.

Finance and Operations Committee: Mr. Lewis presented the proposed surplus of the Staff Training Center Building to the County of Loudoun. The age and condition of the Staff Training Center building warrants significant replacements, repairs and updates. Given a current market analysis, the renovation costs are expected to exceed the property’s value.

Specialized Programs and Centers: Chief Financial Officer Sharon Willoughby outlined the revision of the Middleburg Community Charter School (MCCS) and the Hillsboro Charter Academy (HCA) contracts to model a funding allocation similar to the Virginia Department of Education funding model.

Joint Committee of the Loudoun County School Board and Loudoun County Board of Supervisors: Chair Morse detailed an item to be added to the Committee’s 2022 Work Plan; an item for safe pedestrian passage to school. Mr. Lewis outlined adding an overview of LCPS Agricultural Education and Gardening Programs to the committee’s agenda.




Updated June 29, 2022