Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 6/21/2018 - 7:00 PM
Category: Old Business and Action Items
Type: Info/Action
Subject: Resolution to Explore School Board Election Cycle and
Composition Adjustments
ACPS 2025 Strategic Plan Goal:
Objective 1.10 Civic Engagement and Civic Responsibility
ACPS will engage with its students in an atmosphere conducive to mutual respect, civic engagement, and good citizenship.
Policy: BBA - School Board Powers and Duties
Funding Source or Fiscal Impact (where applicable)
File Attachment:
180621_Memo_Resolution_to_Explore_Board_Election_Cycle_and_Composition_Adjustments.pdf
180621_FINAL_Resolution_to_Explore_School_Board_Election_Cycle_and_Composition.pdf
180621_DRAFT_Resolution_to_Explore_School_Board_Election_Cycle_and_Composition_Adjustments.pdf
180531_Background_Presentation_Board_Election_Cycle_Terms_and_Composition.pdf
180531_Background_Doc_City_Mgr_Memo_to_Council_Charter_Amendments_091110.pdf
180531_Background_Doc_Election_Transition_May-Nov_Committee_Documents.pdf
180621_Resolution_to_Explore_School_Board_Election_Cycle_and_Composition_Adjustments_signed.pdf
Agenda Item Summary: Any changes to the School Board’s term, election cycle, and/or composition would necessitate the Virginia General Assembly’s approval of an amendment to the Alexandria City Charter. As the Code of Virginia requires that the School Board’s and City Council’s terms of office and election cycles must coincide, such amendments would affect both of Alexandria’s elected bodies. This would necessitate embarking on a community engagement and public comment process that would likely include such feedback instruments as surveys, public hearings, and a citywide referendum. To open a dialogue with Council and the public on the benefits and impacts of various transition options, the School Board requested a resolution be drafted to serve as a starting point for consideration of the matter.
Background: At its April 26, 2018 Board Meeting, the School Board discussed the background, current status, legal authority, process and timing for potentially transitioning:

• From concurrent to staggered Board Member terms of office, and therefore;
• From holding concurrent elections every three years to holding staggered elections more frequently;
• From three-year terms to four-year terms;
• From a nine-Member Board to a lesser number; and
• From representation based solely on Alexandria’s three voting districts, to the addition of one at-large Board Member.

At its May 31, 2018 Work Session, the School Board reviewed the legislative process and community engagement involved in its 1994 transition from an appointed to elected Board, staff responses to follow-up information requests from April 26th, staggered election implementation scenarios, and a draft resolution requesting City Council and community engagement on potential adjustments to its election cycle, term and composition.
Recommendation: The Superintendent recommends the School Board adopt the Resolution to Explore School Board Election Cycle and Composition Adjustments.
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Final-Clerk of the Board - Proxy
Vote Results:

Original Motion
Member Margaret Lorber Moved, Member Cindy Anderson seconded to approve the Original motion 'The Superintendent recommends the School Board adopt the Resolution to Explore School Board Election Cycle and Composition Adjustments.'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 8 Nay: 0.
The motion Carried 8 - 0
   
Ronnie Campbell     Yes
William E. Campbell     Yes
Karen Graf     Yes
Christopher J. Lewis     Yes
Ramee A. Gentry     Yes
Margaret Lorber     Yes
Cindy Anderson     Yes
Veronica R. Nolan     Yes

New Motion
Member Karen Graf Moved, Member Christopher J. Lewis seconded to approve the New motion 'The Superintendent recommends the School Board adopt the Resolution to Explore School Board Election Cycle and Composition Adjustments.

In final sentence, add the word "possibly" before the word "include"'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 8 Nay: 0.
The motion Carried 8 - 0
   
Ramee A. Gentry     Yes
Veronica R. Nolan     Yes
William E. Campbell     Yes
Margaret Lorber     Yes
Karen Graf     Yes
Christopher J. Lewis     Yes
Cindy Anderson     Yes
Ronnie Campbell     Yes