16 Apply for Leesburg District School Board Seat Appointment

Sixteen Leesburg District residents applied to be considered for the appointment to Beth Bart’s former School Board seat.

The applicants are: René Camp, Todd Cimino-Johnson, Dimis Christophy, Rebecca Clark, Stephen Cypher, Colin Doniger, Andrew Fernandes, Andrew Gilbert, Andy Jabbour, Tom Marshall, Ian McClure, Erika Ogedegbe, Michael Rivera, Julia Sisson, Francis Spampinato, and Lauren Shernoff.

To be eligible to fill the seat, a person must be a registered voter living in the Leesburg District.

The seat was left vacant on Nov. 2, when Barts resigned. Barts and her family had received threats throughout an effort seeking her removal over her involvement in aprivate Facebook group.

The board will hold a public hearing to discuss the candidates on Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. at the division’s administrative offices is Ashburn. The public may make comments to the board during the meeting. 

The board plans to appoint a candidate to the seat during its Dec. 14 meeting.

It recently went through the process when it appointed Andrew Hoyler (Broad Run) to the seat left vacant after Leslee the death of Leslee King.

The person appointed to the seat will serve until a special election for the seat is held in November 2022. The winner of that election will then serve until the end of Barts’ term, Dec. 31, 2023.

7 thoughts on “16 Apply for Leesburg District School Board Seat Appointment

  • 2021-11-19 at 10:18 am
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    Without question, they’re a diverse group. The candidates include an Iranian immigrant, a former fork-lift operator, a former professor at Kent State University, an openly-LGBT educator, a skilled communicator, a former school-board member in Brazil, a yoga instructor & a former Peace Corps volunteer. The diverse list goes on & on. But they all have one thing in common: A desire to make LCPS a better place than they found it. This will be a very difficult choice to make. P.S. — I would be interested to know if Beth Barts has a preference. After all, she magnanimously relinquished her position rather than subject Loudoun to a prolonged court battle. Ethically, I don’t know if she’s permitted to express a preference. I wish her well. Happy Holidays Loudoun!

  • 2021-11-19 at 10:35 am
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    Does it really matter? The board will pick another Barts-like candidate that has the same far left progressive mind-set. While I applaud the recall efforts, it won’t matter. What will matter is when they are up for re-election. WE MUST VOTE THEM OUT, and vote in a person that has education as their top priority versus social justice matters that make them sleep better at night.

    Does the board even realize how stressed out the staff at the schools are? No they don’t because they continue to pass these policies that put more burden on the staff to adopt and implement on top of their already hectic day and responsibilities in trying to be babysitters to these kids, who have more authority then the teachers because of the ongoing far left policies implemented in this school district. And what do the staff get? No higher wages and no additional resources to help. But they did get a nice shiny coin at the end of last school year…so sweet of the Sup. and board.

    We need board members who will only focus on ensuring our children can read, write, and do math. Not to mention to value the country they live in. While we aren’t perfect, which they should learn why in history, we should make sure they know how lucky they are to be living in this great country and to be proud of it and what it stands for.

  • 2021-11-19 at 4:00 pm
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    The School Board needs to allow the voters of Beth Bart’s district to weigh in and each of these candidates needs to be vetted publicly. Given the current majority of activists on the Board they could once again ignore the will of the people and pick another crony who will vote in lockstep with their leftist agenda.

    • 2021-11-21 at 11:00 am
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      I voted for Beth Barts. The majority of her district voted for her. I’d vote for her again. But a well funded astro turf movement drove her from office with the recall petition and death threats against her and her family.

      Death threats. This is the right wing today.

  • 2021-11-19 at 4:47 pm
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    School vouchers. School vouchers. School vouchers.

  • 2021-11-19 at 4:48 pm
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    The new candidate should be picked by anyone but the current board, this is the best way to restore our schools and get back to a time when our schools were great and not in the news every other day.
    As for Beth Barts, there was nothing magnanimous about her resignation. She did wrong, realized out and was smart enough to get out. If she was mahaimous, she would have never done the things shed did. Shame on her for abusing her position.

  • 2021-11-20 at 5:00 am
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    The very people under recall make up the majority of the board yet unlike Buta they get to chose the replacement for the mistake voters in Leesburg made, topsy turvy.
    We can sort the field a bit, if a candidate has not attended a school board meeting or read the budget get them out of here. If your claim to fame is you are a Doctor well we already have a health department same for the law enforcement we already have a sheriff’s department.
    A 1.6 billion dollar budget deserves oversight, hire an accountant,
    Julie Sisson
    meets the requirements and then some! .

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