Lucketts PTA President Launches Campaign for Vacant School Board Seat

Amy Tribié, the president of Lucketts Elementary School’s PTA, is throwing her hat in the ring for the Catoctin District seat on the Loudoun County School Board.

The seat was vacated this week by the resignation of first-term board member Eric DeKenipp, who said he needs to spend more time with his children.

Tribié has been a vocal advocate of the expansion of Lucketts Elementary, which has been over-enrolled since the last round of boundary changes for that school in 2016. Most recently, she’s called on the School Board to improve security and communication at the school after a staff member was apparently threatened without the knowledge of parents.

Tribié, a 14-year resident of Loudoun County, worked as a music teacher for nine years, teaching at several public elementary schools throughout the county. She said she is seeking a seat on the board to work to ensure that Loudoun County Public Schools continues to produce excellent results and to advocate for the best interest of all students. Her top priorities include school safety, fine arts, special education, and gifted education.

“As a School Board member, I will work with colleagues on the School Board to make sure our students are receiving the best education and are prepared for college, vocational schools and their future career paths. I want to ensure that we are utilizing all of our current resources to provide the best learning environment for our students,” she said in a prepared statement. “One of my top priorities is collaborating with School Board members and LCPS Staff to make sure children in all districts have equitable facilities and equipment while being fiscally responsible in their procurement.”

Tribié holds a degree in music education from Shenandoah University. She’s serving as president of the Luckett’s PTA for a second year. She also advocated on behalf of More Recess for Virginians at the PTA Advocacy Conference in Richmond. She lives in Lucketts with her husband, Chris, and their three children.

Tribié is the second person to publicly announce their interest in the seat. DeKenipp has endorsed attorney and former School Board member Bob Ohneiser as his successor. Ohneiser represented the Broad Run District on the School Board for two terms. He challenged Tom Reed for the board’s at-large seat in 2011 and lost, and he launched an unsuccessful challenge against Jim Plowman for commonwealth’s attorney in 2015.

The School Board will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, during which it will interview potential candidates for the seat and take public comment on the candidates. At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, the School Board will appoint a member to fill the seat. Interested candidates are asked to file a statement of interest with the clerk of the School Board. See details here.

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