Education Advocacy Group, LEAP, Calls for More Parent Involvement

With the start of the school year, the Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents (LEAP) is encouraging more parents to get involved in the organization.

LEAP, geared toward Loudoun County Public Schools parents, is looking for people to serve as delegates representing their child’s school in the organization.

“LEAP is set up like a representative democracy in that each LCPS school (usually the school’s PTO or PTA) can select up to two delegates (and two alternates) to represent the parents’ views for their school,” Juana Kazmierczak, LEAP’s vice president of communications wrote in an email. “Delegates have the ability to put forth motions and vote. By polling our delegates in this way, we hope that we can get a fairly accurate representation of how parents feel about particular issues.”

LEAP’s leaders want all 89 public schools in the county to have delegates who attend the group’s monthly meetings regularly and speak on behalf of their school communities. Prospective delegates should contact their children’s school PTA or PTO.

LEAP also announced its full schedule of themed meetings for the school year. Unless otherwise posted, the meetings are held at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the school administration building, 21000 Education Court in Ashburn. They are open the public.

The 2016-2017 meeting calendar is:

Sept. 14 Back to School: What’s new this year at LCPS? How can parents get more involved in their child’s school?

Oct. 12 Student Safety, part 1: How can school staff and parents work together to keep our students emotionally safe?

Nov. 9 Student Safety, part 2: How LCPS staff and parents can work together to keep our students physically safe?

Dec. 14 Curriculum: How is school curriculum determined? How is it preparing kids for college and future employment?

Jan. 11 School Budget: What are going to be the funding priorities for the upcoming school budget?

Feb. 8 School Boundaries: How are they determined? How can we improve the process and minimize disruption?

Mar. 8 Standardized Testing Controversy: Will LCPS phase out the SOLs? Will SATs/ACTs lose their importance?

Apr. 5 Town Hall Meeting: LEAP invites local government leaders to answer parents’ education-related questions.

May 10 Survey/Elections: Delegates will vote for new officers. Parents and delegates will offer input on forum topics for next year.

Follow LEAP on Twitter at @LEAPLoudoun and the LCPS.LEAP Facebook page. The group’s web page is at

LEAP’s officers include Rennea Butler, president; Juana Kazmierczak, vice president of communications; Dennis Kellen, first vice president of programs; Carolyn Zatloukal, second vice president of programs; Truphelia Parker, secretary; and Jasmin Moser, treasurer.

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