Alexandria City School Board Votes to Appoint Alderton as Chair
The Alexandria City School Board has voted to appoint Meagan L. Alderton to the position of chair of the Board and Veronica R. Nolan to vice chair of the Board for the next school year.
Alderton was first appointed to represent District C of the School Board in Nov. 2018 and will be the second African American female to be appointed to the role of Board chair in the history of Alexandria City Public Schools. She follows in the footsteps of Shirley Tyler who was the first African American Board chair from 1980-82. Tyler worked closely with Ferdinand T. Day, who, in 1964, became the first African American to hold the position in the Commonwealth of Virginia — just ten years after the Brown versus Board of Education decision.
Alderton is a trained Special Education teacher who currently works for The DC Special Education Cooperative, a non-profit organization aimed at ensuring that students with disabilities within the District of Columbia receive a rigorous, individualized and inclusive education. Alderton first came to Alexandria City Public Schools in the fall of 2005 and has served as a Special Education teacher at George Washington Middle School, Francis C. Hammond Middle School and Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School.
“I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to ensure equity remains front and center in all our decision-making, in line with the ACPS 2025 Strategic Plan: Equity for All. It is critical now more than ever before to ensure that we are serving every student and that opportunities are open to all the young people who live in our city,” said Alderton.
Veronica Nolan, who has a background in education spanning 24 years, has served as vice chair for the past two years and will continue to serve as vice chair to the School Board for 2021.
“We are continuing to bring to fruition and build on the plans that the community and superintendent have worked on together with the School Board. We want to make sure we continue our excellent partnership with the City Council and community in ensuring equity for all,” said Nolan.
The chair and vice chair are elected each year for a one-year term in Virginia. Virginia school boards are required to have annual leadership elections. School Board members are elected every three years and the next election for School Board members will be this November.
The School Board has set their academic priorities under the 2025 Strategic Plan: Equity For All for next year as:
- Implementation of 2025 Strategic Plan metrics and goals
- Implementation of an equity audit of School Board policies
- K-2 Literacy (adjusted for COVID-19-related learning loss)
- Reduction of disproportionality in TAG and advanced courses
- Completion of educational programming design for The High School Project
Student Accessibility and Support
- Continued implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) alongside restorative practices and Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS)
- Additional stress/counseling support especially around trauma to compensate for COVID loss
Strategic Resource Allocation
- Implementation of a Customer Management System (CMS)
Family and Community Engagement
- Engagement with Hispanic families to improve graduation and chronic absenteeism
- Cultural competency training for all staff and partners (PTAC)