With the June 8 filing deadline, it’s confirmed that major changes are coming to the Alexandria School Board, as only three incumbents have filed to run for reelection.
In fact, all of the candidates running for District B are fresh faces, and some of them are known in the community, including Tammy S. Ignacio, the lead administrator for specialized instruction at T.C. Williams High School, and former James K. Polk Elementary School principal PreeAnn Johnson.
The nine-member body is made up of three members from three districts. The new board will take over a school system that has been beset by controversy, including a slow easing of COVID restrictions, the renaming of T.C. Williams High School and recent elimination of the School Resource Officer program by City Council.
In District A, Board member Christopher Suarez is also not seeking reelection, and incumbents Michelle Rief and Jacinta Greene will face off against Former City Councilman Willie F. Bailey, Aloysius Boyle and D. Ohlandt.
School Board Chair Meagan Alderton is the lone incumbent running in District C, as Members Ramee Gentry and Heather Thornton did not file to run for reelection. Two other candidates — Abdel-Rahman Elnoubi and Christopher Harris are shoo-ins for the two vacant positions.
Election day is November 2.
District A candidates
- School Board Member Michelle Rief (incumbent)
- School Board Member Jacinta Greene (incumbent)
- Former City Councilman Willie F. Bailey
- Aloysius Boyle
- D. Ohlandt
District B candidates
- Deborah Ash
- Ashley Simpson Baird
- Tammy S. Ignacio
- PreeAnn Johnson
- Bridget Shea Westfall
- Former School Board Member Kelly Carmichael Booz
- Ricardo Roberts
District C candidates
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If you had a chance to enhance a child’s future with a time commitment of less than 2 hours a week, how would you respond? You have that opportunity right now to join over 200 Alexandrians as a reading tutor volunteer with the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium (ATC).
ATC tutors work with one child in kindergarten, first, or second grade in Alexandria public schools who need extra help with reading. Tutors meet with their Book Buddy 1-2 times each week for 30 minutes October-May at school, during school hours. Many struggling readers only receive one-on-one instruction through this program, and it makes all the difference. Last year, ATC served 195 children, of whom 82% ended the year reading on grade level and 96% made substantial reading gains. But the need is great, and we are still seeing learning lags from the pandemic.
This year, ATC plans to significantly increase the size of the program to reach over 250 students and to serve every elementary school in Alexandria. This is very exciting news, but we will only succeed if we can recruit more tutors. ATC trains you, matches you with a child, and provides ongoing lesson materials and support.
If you have been thinking about buying your first home or haven’t owned one in the last three years, THIS IS FOR YOU!
In the DMV area, it can be difficult to save the downpayment necessary for you to get into your own home. We have a solution. The Funder’s Summit!
We have assembled a summit with different municipalities to tell you how to access their funds for your home purchase.
Mark your calendars and join us for the Family Fun Fall Fest on Saturday, October 7, 2023, from 11am – 2pm!
This FREE in-person event will be held at the Shoppes at Foxchase, located at 4641 Duke St, Alexandria, VA