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School Board Leesburg District

Loudoun County, Virginia is divided into eight magisterial districts: Algonkian, Ashburn, Blue Ridge, Broad Run, Catoctin, Dulles, Leesburg, and Sterling. The magisterial districts each elect one representative to the School Board. In addition, there is one At-large representative. The Loudoun County School Board is elected to a four year term. The Loudoun County Public School, LCPS, system is managed under the direction and authority of the Loudoun County School Board. The chairmanship of the School Board is elected annually by its members. While the School Board makes decisions relating to school policy and curriculum, it receives funding through the Board of Supervisors.

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    Beth R. Barts
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Biographical Information

What do you believe is the top priority for your district, and what is your plan to address it?

How do YOU describe the job of School Board member?

What about your background makes you a good choice for this position?

What position papers/ Q&As have you completed and where can a voter find them?

What long-term (chronic) issues do you want to address while in office?

I have seen outreach and task force committees formed on discipline disparity, special education policy and most recently equity. I have seen the expansion of mental health support teams and work done on transportation efficiency. I feel that all these areas need further advocacy. Expanding duel enrollment course offerings to help offset higher education costs, improving communication between the school system and parent community, and advocating for older schools in the Leesburg district are all high on my priority list. Making sure all students have access to a real world curriculum experience by utilizing School Business Partnerships, expanding Career and Technical education and STEM education at every high school is very important to me. I have heard continued vocal support among all members of the learning community for increased staff compensation and smaller class sizes. School safety is something I feel very strongly about.
Doing what I have been doing for over a decade as a parent advocate but having an official seat at the table! Two years ago I spoke before the school board asking for clearer direction for parents on the LCPS suicide prevention policy. At the time the policy had been removed from the website and parents wanted answers. I was very proud to be part of this advocacy. I was part of a parent group to push for an expansion at Catoctin elementary and recently helped facilitate communication at Tuscarora between the LCPS administration and concerned parents regarding district wide school safety and security, a topic I care deeply about. Working for our families and being able to collaborate with my colleagues on the school board, advocate to the Board of Supervisors for our schools and communicate with the Leesburg Town Council are all part of serving on the Loudoun County School board.
I have been a Leesburg district resident for 23 years. After receiving my teaching degree from Shepherd University I became a school librarian for Winchester City Schools and then Loudoun County Public Schools. I have two children, a freshman at Virginia Tech and a 5th grader. Over the past 13 years, I have worked for all our children as a Girl Scout Troop leader, taken on leadership roles in various schools thru the PTAs as well as the community as an outreach coordinator and parent group liaisons. I have spoken before the board, called and emailed our representatives on issues that we care about in Leesburg. Seeking answers to simple questions and quite simply some not so simple. I look forward to your vote on November 5th so I can be a voice for Leesburg in an official capacity.
Please follow my Facebook page at Beth Barts for School Board to see outreach on issues that the Leesburg community has shared are important to them.
Our older schools in the Leesburg district do not get the financial resources needed for renovations to meet the needs of our learning communities We have a widening achievement gap among students who come from traditionally marginalized communities including students with disabilities and our Black and Hispanic students We have schools in Leesburg with high numbers of students who qualify for free and reduced meals who could benefit from universal free breakfast and full time (not part time) parent liaisons but these additional resources are only offered to schools in the eastern part of the county. We know students in our younger grades are exhibiting higher levels of anxiety and depression than in years past and we must work together to address these concerns. Policies and procedures much be standardized and followed at all schools in order to make sure areas such as communication and student safety are functional, effective and transparent.
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