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Alexandria School Board holding new leadership elections thanks to policy change

School Board Chair Meagan Alderton (Via ACPS)

(Updated 7/18) School Board Chair Meagan Alderton was reelected back on Jan. 5, but seven months into a one-year term, the Chair and Vice-Chair positions are up for election again.

Earlier this year, the School Board voted to change the timetable for Board elections to July rather than at the first meeting of the year in January. The new election is scheduled for Thursday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) central office (1340 Braddock Place).

“At this meeting, the Board amended Board Policy BCA to establish a new timetable for Board leadership elections, making this the first order of business at the annual School Board organizational meeting, beginning in July 2023,” ACPS said in a release. “The term of leadership positions run for one year and take effect immediately upon the Board’s decision, with the new chair presiding over the remainder of the July 20 meeting.”

The School Board was scheduled to have another work session to discuss staggered term elections, but the work session has been postponed until the start of the school year. The proposal would have School Board members elected on a rotating basis rather than having all of the School Board up for election in the same year. There are pros and cons to staggered terms, but at a recent meeting with Arlington and Falls Church officials, neighboring leaders said they fully recommend Alexandria move to staggered terms — and to reduce the size of the School Board.

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