Brenda Sheridan will get to move her nameplate from the far end of the Loudoun County School Board dais closer to the center after a unanimous vote tonight to make her board vice chairwoman.
The nine-member board elected its leaders for the year during an annual reorganization meeting following a swearing-in ceremony at the county school administration building.
After the retirement of longtime board members Thomas Reed and Jennifer Bergel last month, Sheridan is now the senior member of the board. She was appointed to the board in 2011 to fill the seat of the late J. Warren Guerin. She is starting her second full term representing the Sterling District.
Sheridan was nominated as vice chairwoman by Jill Turgeon (Blue Ridge), who’s served in the position for the past four years. Following the meeting, Turgeon said she recognizes the importance of allowing other board members leadership opportunities. “I’m very comfortable with a change—change is good,” she said. “I think this new board is politically different, and it is good to reflect that in the leadership.”
The School Board also voted unanimously to keep a familiar face at the helm. Eric Hornberger (Ashburn), now in his second term, was unanimously re-elected to serve as the body’s chairman for a fifth year.
“Thank you for your confidence,” he said from the dais. “I look forward to serving with each and every one of you, with transparency and mutual respect for the betterment of the school system.”
Sheridan said following the meeting that she has had community members approach her about taking a larger role on the board, and she was happy her colleagues supported the idea.
“I’m excited. I think I have a lot to offer to the board,” she said. “I look forward to working with the new board members and being a support system for them.”
Sheridan said she thinks she will have a good partner on the Board of Supervisors in Koran Saines, who unseated longtime Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio in November’s election to represent the Sterling District. Saines was the only county supervisor who attended Monday’s swearing-in ceremony.
Ahead of the annual reorganization meeting, the full nine-member board was sworn in for its four-year term. Led by Loudoun’s Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens, each board member took an oath of office, promising to “faithfully discharge all of the duties of the Loudoun County School Board.”
The board includes three new members: Beth Huck (At Large), Eric DeKenipp (Catoctin) and Joy Maloney (Broad Run); five incumbents: Debbie Rose (Algonkian), Hornberger, Turgeon, Jeff Morse (Dulles) and Sheridan; and one returning member, Tom Marshall (Leesburg).
School Board members are paid a salary of $20,000, and the board chairman is paid $22,000.