School Board Member Leslee King Dies After Heart Procedure

School Board member Leslee King died on Tuesday, after complications from a heart procedure earlier this summer. 

“Leslee was a dedicated board member and fierce advocate for every student,” said Chairwoman Breda Sheridan, who served alongside King for two years. “She prepared, researched and spoke unapologetically to her positions. Her support and friendship throughout this most difficult and challenging term was unwavering. I will miss my colleague and ally, and most importantly, my friend.

King had represented the Broad Run district since 2019. She served as chair of the Finance and Operations and Student Services committees and was a member of the Equity and Outreach committees. 

She spent her professional career working as a software engineer. During her career, she worked with all branches of the military, the U.S. Central Command, Defense Information Systems Agency, Department of Homeland Security and Department of State, among others.

In a statement, superintendent Scott Ziegler said “As a school board member, Ms. King was a positive force for good. Her voice for all children never wavered and she always spoke her mind in the kindest way possible. I looked forward to her wit and wisdom at our meetings. She will be missed.”

School board members shared their condolences and memories of King on social media.

“Leslee was a relentlessly positive person who never ran out of optimism, kindness, and stories about her children and grandchildren,” her fellow board member, Ian Sertokin (Blue Ridge) said. “She cared deeply for all of our students and staff, and I will miss her greatly.”

School Board bylaws require the board to appoint someone to the open seat. The School Board has 15 days from the day of King’s death to petition the Circuit Court for a special election in the Broad Run district.

4 thoughts on “School Board Member Leslee King Dies After Heart Procedure

  • 2021-08-31 at 9:04 pm
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    Mrs. King attended the Broad Run graduation ceremonies and sat through a long rain delay and then at least four smaller ceremonies, a very long day for people who only had to attend one of the ceremonies, much less a person who sat through all of them. Sympathies to her family and friends.

  • 2021-09-01 at 10:55 am
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    How tragic that Leslie King has passed away. She faced the ordeal of the past 18 months with fortitude & strength of character. I always looked forward to her input at school board meetings. She was a healing balm in the midst of great turmoil. We shall not see her likes again. I mourn her loss.

  • 2021-09-01 at 12:33 pm
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    Sorry she passed away but she was basically communistic and made a whole bunch of bad decisions.

  • 2021-09-02 at 3:14 pm
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    I miss her already and cried when I heard the news. She was the only genuine person on the school board without a political agenda. She held true for the military community, for those that voted for her, and was kind and inclusive towards those that voted for her opponent and her as well.

    I pray her family heals and we can all strive to be more like her. Kind, strong, positive, but also calling out bullshit when people are being left behind. She cared and was the only one I felt had my back (or cared) on the current school board.

    I don’t know at all what to expect now that she’s gone to a better place. We just didn’t deserve her and I hope we can deserve someone like her in the future. She was my favorite on the board and I will love her forever for her dedication to the military children and even dying her hair purple for Purple Up month to show support to the military children.

    Still cry when I think of her. Now the school board is another wolf den of politicians. Our kids deserve to have a nonpartisan school board, not a bitchy school board. I miss her already, especially today.

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