The start of another four-year term for the Loudoun County School Board has brought with it four new members and new committee assignments.
During the board’s first business meeting of the term Jan. 12, three of the new members were tapped to lead fairly influential committees. First-term member Joy Maloney (Broad Run) will co-chair the Joint Board of Supervisors/School Board Committee, along with Supervisor Geary M. Higgins (Catoctin). Eric DeKenipp (Catoctin), also in his first term, will serve as chairman of the Healthy, Safety and Transportation Committee. And Tom Marshall (Leesburg) was reassigned as chairman of the Personnel Committee.
Marshall led that committee from 2007 to 2011, before he was unseated by Bill Fox. Marshall won his seat back in November. “I want to thank you personally for making me chairman of the Personnel Committee after a four-year hiatus,” he said to Chairman Eric Hornberger (Ashburn).
School Board member Jeff Morse (Dulles) was appointed as chairman of the Finance and Facilities Committee, and Debbie Rose (Algonkian) will serve as chairwoman of the Discipline Committee.
Newly elected Beth Huck (At Large) was assigned to serve as chairwoman of the Ad Hoc Committee on Communication. Hornberger will be chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Academies of Loudoun.
The chairman posts for three committees will remain unchanged, with Morse continuing to lead the Charter School Committee; Jill Turgeon (Blue Ridge) staying on as chairwoman of the Curriculum and Instruction Committee; and board Vice Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan (Sterling) continuing as chairwoman of the Legislative and Policy Committee.
Hornberger said he could not give all board members their first choice of committee, but he tried to accommodate most of their preferences.
During board comments, the chairman, who’s in his second term, acknowledged the clear enthusiasm shown by the new board members during their first business meeting.
“I know amid that enthusiasm you get hit with a lot of new information. But hang in there,” he said. “Keep that enthusiasm high. We all need that.”