School Board Set to Meet in Closed Session Regarding Youngkin’s Investigation

The School Board will meet in a closed session tonight at 7:30 p.m. to consult on Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s Executive Order Four with the division’s legal counsel.

While details of the meeting haven’t been disclosed to the public, sources who asked not to be identified because of involvement with the school administration say the meeting is about the special grand jury impaneled in mid-April to assist with Attorney General Jason Miyares’ investigation into the School Board’s handling of a sexual assault scandal.

The school division has reportedly hired attorney Steven T. Webster of Webster Book LLP in Alexandria to handle its involvement in the special grand jury. Webster has worked as a civil and criminal trial lawyer for over 30 years, including government investigations. 

Because the investigation is criminal in nature, the division’s liability insurance provider, VACORP, is reportedly not covering the legal fees associated with the special grand jury.

When news of the special grand jury broke, Public Information Officer Wayde Byard released a statement sharing that Loudoun County Public Schools intends to cooperate “with the lawful requests of the special grand jury, while protecting the privacy rights of our students to the extent permitted by law and in accordance with all applicable legal privileges.”

Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge James E. Plowman is overseeing the special grand jury. Sources with knowledge of the proceedings said that last week Plowman gave the jury latitude to investigate matters beyond just the sexual assault scandal, including anything related to the school division. 

14 thoughts on “School Board Set to Meet in Closed Session Regarding Youngkin’s Investigation

  • 2022-05-05 at 5:00 pm

    As I have said for 6+ years, LCPS is a criminal cartel. We should see several of these in jumpsuits. Some of those left LCPS over the last 2-3 years.

  • 2022-05-05 at 5:31 pm

    Well a few things, this is costing the taxpayers more money because the school board insurance company will not pay for it. Why do we pay for this?

    Time for Ziegler to resign and leave LOCO and the school board should not offer any compensation or walk away package.

    Then the entire school board should resign and walk away. They have disgraced this county and the citizens of Loudoun County

  • 2022-05-05 at 6:13 pm

    Good. The grand jury will have broad enough powers to investigate. The end result will be if there is enough evidence to indict, it will then proceed further to a criminal trial. The bonus is that the grand jury proceedings will be sealed.

  • 2022-05-05 at 6:21 pm

    All this talk of a rape coverup to pass Trans-inclusive restrooms is hogwash. Such restrooms have been the law since September 2020, when the Fourth Circuit ruled in the “Grimm” case. LCPS is doing its due diligence to make sure the law is implemented properly. That can’t be done by sticking your head in the sand & ignoring the reality of Trans students. Happy Cinco de Mayo Loudoun!

    • 2022-05-07 at 7:59 am

      You only harp on one issue, there are so many. This Board is a joke. Pay raises that benefit families of School Board members, treating parents like second class citizens and so on. They are having closed door meetings to get their lies in order so when questioned they will all tell the same story. Get rid of them all.

  • 2022-05-06 at 7:36 am

    Judge Plowman seems to be moving this investigation in the right direction. In my experience and my reading of statute 2.2-3711 (which controls the limited authorization for a school board to hold a “closed Meeting”) it seems that the liability insurance carrier is already showing this topic is ultra virus to what school boards should be doing. In that case why is the court allowing such meetings to be closed? There are very valid reasons public bodies like school boards are supposed to do their work in the sunlight of public scrutiny not in a backroom with the doors closed. These are referred to as sunshine laws for very valid reasons in my opinion. Even if it is a closed door meeting it should be recorded so the court can review if it qualified under this statute to be closed! 🙂

  • 2022-05-06 at 8:36 am

    Jim Plowman is perhaps the worst Judge who could be overseeing this grand jury as he’s had a history with LSPS for years. Jim was a partisan hack Commonwealth Attorney who was elected back in the ‘if you have an R by your name you win’ good ol’ boy days in Loudoun.

    Jim decided to prosecute an assistant principal in Eastern Loudoun for child porn after one of his students sent him a photo that was being shared against her wishes. This was early on in the send a naked photo on a flip phone days. The principal was just trying to assist the student and Jim decided he should lose his job for having the picture.

    The principal sued- we the taxpayers paid the bill, Jim got promoted.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

    • 2022-05-06 at 1:02 pm

      Agree with Matthew below. As for Plowman, he is no enemy of LCPS. Back in 2015, Plowman assigned a special prosecutor to “investigate” a frivolous claim against Sheriff Chapman’s office over release of information to the public. Plowman could have easily ruled the complaint had no merit but wanted a cloud hanging over his nemesis’ head during the 2015 election.

      When I asked for a similar special prosecutor to evaluate and prosecute perjury charges against LCPS PIO Wayde Byard that same fall, Plowman ignored the request and allowed Byard to escape prosecution. Note that the Virginia state police had already investigated including an hour interview with me and looking at 100+ pages of documents submitted by LCPS and it’s attorneys to the courts. The state police informed Plowman that there was a well-documented “legitimate” charge against Byard for perjury but Plowman let him and the LCPS attorneys who were complicit in soliciting perjury on the stand get away.

      Nobody can claim Plowman is an enemy of LCPS. He generally protects government officials even when they flagrantly violate the law.

    • 2022-05-06 at 1:44 pm

      AFF–thank you for pointing this out. Plowman was a partisan hack. It’s amazing how short memories are around here. I’ve been in Loudoun for almost 30 years, believe me, the hackery was strong.

  • 2022-05-06 at 9:39 am

    Some folks on the LCSB are sweating a bit, especially when they have to talk behind closed doors. If they have done nothing wrong, why not make this meeting open to the public?

    They know they did wrong with the sexual assault cover-up. They know that they have done other things that the public would be outraged if known.

    The taxpayers of this county, who fund the LCSB and the schools, deserve transparency; especially when it has impact to our children.

    What happened to the days when the school boards were boring where all they focused was making sure kids had textbooks and being taught the basics — reading, writing, math, etc.

    When did school boards decide that they would become political activists and force their social and political views on staff and children?

    VOTE THEM ALL OUT! ALL OF THEM. Time for a fresh beginning.

  • 2022-05-06 at 3:33 pm

    I’m surprised Ziegler hasn’t resigned. The man must not have any integrity at all.

  • 2022-05-09 at 4:50 pm

    The LCPS ship is sinking and the rats are running for cover.

    Ziegler lied and endangered Loudoun students.

    He should have been fired already, but the school board needs a sacrificial lamb.

  • 2022-05-16 at 9:46 am

    Don’t permit them to take lightly a life long calamity of clinical issues faced by the victims of the LCPS crimes. They all need to be held accountable for not protecting students.

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