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School Board Sterling 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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  • Michael J. "Mike" Neely
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    Brenda Sheridan
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Experience Incumbent - 8 years of service to the Sterling District on the LCPS School Board
Education Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice Rochester Institute of Technology 1991
Age 50
I believe the Sterling District is a unique part of LCPS. The demographic of the students and families we serve in our schools has changed quite a bit since my family and I moved here in 1998 – most notably the increase in the percentage of English Learners (EL) and students receiving free and reduced meals. The needs of our students require a strong advocate for equitable solutions to the challenges faced by our growing population. The differentiated staffing, differentiated allotments, Title I designations, and full-time parent liaisons in our eight Title I schools are examples of my successful advocacy on behalf of the Sterling District. I believe that as chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Equity we will identity solutions to continue to close the opportunity gap.
School Board members are public servants. We serve our communities by making budget and policy decisions ensuring every student has access to a high quality and innovative education. We achieve this by being attentive representatives of the people we serve. Engaging with parents, students and staff – listening to and addressing their needs, grievances and concerns – is a key component that influences my decision making. My favorite aspect of this role is celebrating students successes – big and small.
My family and I have lived in Sterling for 21+ years and I am a parent of two LCPS graduates who attended Sterling Park schools. I started as a Kindergarten mom, volunteering with the PTA and in my children's classrooms. I have been a parent leader in elementary, middle and high school. I advocated for educational issues at the local, state, and national levels of the PTA, and volunteered in many community groups. Working as a substitute in LCPS gave me the employees' perspective, and I was honored in this capacity at Forest Grove. My most relevant background is my eight years of service on the School Board. Over the 8+ years I have served on almost every committee and I am currently Vice Chair. I have advocated for the specific needs of the Sterling District, representing all eight of the Title I schools. Over the last 17 years I have developed strong relationships within the school system and the community making me the best choice to continue serving the Sterling District.
I encourage voters to visit my website: https://www.BrendaSheridan.com, like my FaceBook page: BrendaLSheridan and follow me on twitter: @brendalsheridan. School system related communications can be sent to Brenda.Sheridan@lcps.org and campaign related communications to brenda@kbsheridan.com
It is imperative that LCPS addresses the inequities that exist in our school division. I have made it my mission to speak for those who do not have a voice. We finally have a committee in place to address the issue of equity in our school division. I advocated for the creation of this committee for most of my tenure on the board. I am proud to be the chair of the LCPS Ad Hoc Committee on Equity, and although it is challenging, I look forward to continuing the difficult conversations that we must have in order to close the opportunity gap that exists for our most marginalized students. I believe it is the most critical issue this school division is currently addressing and I want to continue the important work we have started.