An official elected to the Loudoun County Public School Board announced on Friday that she would resign. Board member Beth Barts has faced a stormy recall attempt from parent groups.
Barts said in a Facebook post on Friday afternoon that she would step down as of November 2.
âIt wasn’t an easy decision or a hasty decision. After careful consideration and careful consideration, this is the right decision for me and my family, âthe post said.
She said she was proud to “help lead the Loudoun County school system into the uncharted waters of student education throughout a global pandemic.”
Parent group Fight for Schools lobbied for Barts to be recalled. They argued that she disrespected voters and inappropriately disclosed confidential information.
Fight for Schools said in a statement that Barts had done “the right thing.” They said they would keep fighting “until we have a common sense school board, non-partisan members and a superintendent who is accountable to parents and speaks the truth.”
Barts represents the Leesburg District and is a former educator, PTA volunteer and Girl Scout troop leader, according to her biography of Loudoun County Public Schools.
The school board will work to fill the vacant position, they said in a statement.
âI would like to thank Council Member Barts for his service to the District of Leesburg,â said Council Chair Brenda Sheridan. âThe school board will announce its process for filling the Leesburg seat at its October 26 meeting and plans to fill this position at its December 14 meeting. “
The LCPS comes under scrutiny for its handling of reports of sexual assault at two high schools, allegedly perpetrated by the same student. Board members and parents have grappled with burning issues for over a year, including the remission of COVID-19, treatment of transgender students and lessons on race.
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