Dear Members of the Loudoun County School Board,
As you embark on your search for someone to replace Dr. Eric Williams, members of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee want to express our hope that in every future hiring decision, from staff to Superintendent, serious efforts will be taken to increase the diversity of LCPS employees to make them more reflective of the student population.
There is an abundance of research which has shown that having a diverse staff benefits not only minority students, but all students. Minority students benefit from having teachers and administrators whom they can see as role models and all students benefit when they have staff with different backgrounds, beliefs, cultures, and ideas. There are a myriad of other ways having diverse staff members benefits students. More information can be found at https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED499556.pdf and https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/northwest/blog/increasing-diversity.asp.
While choosing our next superintendent, in addition to considering the need to diversify LCPS staff and administrators, we urge you to look for a candidate with a record of improving a school district with the following:
- A history of systemic racism (LCPS’ problems have been well documented in both the study conducted last year by an outside party and more recently by the Virginia Attorney General’s office);
- A large, quickly growing, diverse student population; and
- Vocal parents, some of whom are resistant to change.
As you make this important hiring decision, we strongly encourage you to consider a diverse selection of candidates with the experience, temperament, and strong commitment to equity that LCPS needs to move forward as a more inclusive, successful school district.
If you would like to reach out and further discuss, please do not hesitate to contact our Chair, Lissa Savaglio, to schedule a meeting. She can be reached via email at Chair@LoudounDemocrats.org.
On behalf of the LCDC, we wish you all the best of luck in your candidate search and thank you in advance for taking our priorities and concerns into consideration.
Loudoun County Democratic Committee
Lissa Savaglio – LCDC Chair
February 5, 2021