Alexandria City School Board Elects Chair and Vice Chair at Organizational Meeting
Jan. 6, 2023— At its annual organizational meeting on Jan. 5, 2023, the Alexandria City School Board unanimously re-elected Meagan L. Alderton as chair and Jacinta Greene as vice chair. The terms of these leadership positions run for one year and take effect immediately. The Board also adopted the Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct, the Rules of Order and By-Laws and the School Board meeting calendar at this meeting.
“I am honored to continue to serve as the chair of the Alexandria City School Board and look forward to the year ahead, as we do the vital work of selecting our next superintendent, advancing the 2025 Equity for All Strategic Plan and working to provide the resources needed for our students’ academic success and well-being,” said Chair Alderton.
Alderton was first elected to the School Board in 2018, and is the second African American woman to be elected to the role of Board Chair in the history of Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), following in the footsteps of Shirley Tyler. She is a special education program quality specialist at the D.C. Special Education Cooperative and has previously served as a special education teacher at George Washington Middle School, Francis C. Hammond Middle School and Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School. While on the School Board, Alderton helped develop the superintendent evaluation tool and process and has served on the Educational Design Team for the Connected High School Network. She co-drafted legislation approved by the Virginia General Assembly to bolster pre-licensure preparation for teachers in the areas of crisis prevention and positive behavioral interventions and supports. Alderton holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Towson University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Women's Studies from York University in Canada.
“The work of the School Board is so collaborative and strategic and, as vice chair, I am excited to continue working closely with my colleagues and school division leadership so that all of our students can thrive and grow in excellent, supportive learning environments,” said Vice Chair Greene.
Greene was also first elected to the School Board in 2018 and was first elected as vice chair in 2022. She serves on the Board advisory committee for the Athletic Hall of Fame. She spent 10 years in corporate America before venturing out on her own as an independent marketing consultant and meeting planner. Her main passion centers around advocacy for disadvantaged women, children and civil rights for all, and she has served as a commissioner and first vice chair for the Alexandria Commission for Women for 10 years. Greene also serves on the board for the Twelve Days of Christmas, Inc.-D.C. Chapter, a nonprofit organization that raises money for disadvantaged children and has served as a coordinator for the Ruby Tucker Readers organization, which teaches a love for reading and literacy to underserved children in Alexandria. She has served as vice president of the Alexandria Young Democrats and, for five years, served as chair of volunteer coordination for the Alexandria Democratic Committee. Born into a family of educators, Ms. Greene learned early and firsthand the importance of a great education and the doors it can open for the future. A native of Richmond, VA, Greene is a proud graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.
The next regularly scheduled School Board meeting is scheduled for Jan. 19, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. For School Board meeting agendas and documents, visit Electronic School Board. The School Board meeting webpage has information on how to view meetings live and participate.
The Alexandria City School Board ensures that all students reach their highest academic potential and that they are prepared for citizenship, higher education, and to be life, college and career ready. To accomplish this goal, the Board makes policy, budget, and leadership decisions that are aligned with the ACPS Vision and Strategic Plan; and will communicate with and involve stakeholders actively and transparently. More information about the School Board’s role, schedule and contact information is available online, including recent video vignettes by Board members explaining the various components of the strategic plan.
The nine 2022-25 School Board members were elected in November 2021, with the responsibility to adopt policy for the daily operation of schools and ensure that school laws are properly explained, enforced, and observed. Alexandria City is divided into three voting districts, and three Board members are elected from each district to serve a three-year term.
Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) serves more than 15,700 students who hail from more than 119 countries and speak 124 languages. ACPS has 18 schools, including two middle schools, two K-8 schools, one pre-K school and the internationally recognized Alexandria City High School. ACPS is committed to putting racial equity at the heart of all decisions and ensuring that each and every student succeeds.