School Board Basics

A Frequently Asked Question

I have a problem with my school. Isn’t the school board the appropriate body to address it?


Maybe. The recommendation is to work up the chain of command. For instance, if a parent has a problem with a teacher, the parent should first address it with the teacher and, if the issue is not resolved, the parent should turn to the principal and then the superintendent. The school board should be the last resort. Involving too many people early in the process can confuse the situation and delay your resolution. Many times, parents can get answers to their questions only by calling the appropriate person in the school district (i.e., principal or superintendent).

If you need to contact me for any reason, please call me at 540-495-0980 or email me at I will do my best to help you with any student or school related concerns that you may have; first, I would ask that you first follow the proper contact procedures outlined above and then contact the school board if the issue has not been resolved.

For personnel related issues, please let me know and I will do my best to refer you to the correct department that can address your concern.

Please go to the Public Hearing page to learn more about  appearing before the school board.  Keep in mind that if your concern involves a specific employee or student, the Board is unable to entertain comments about it during a public meeting. This is to protect the individual’s privacy rights. It is best to address these concerns one-on-one and preferably, in writing.