The final nominee for the next superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools is expected to be announced Thursday evening. Students at several secondary schools said they would walk out of class, calling for greater involvement in the selection process.
FCPS had two finalists for who will replace Superintendent Scott Brabrand. Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Logan stepped down earlier this month after the county’s NAACP raised concerns about her and second-place finisher Michelle Reid. Reid runs a school system of 20,000 students in Washington State.
Nearly 400 students have signed a letter to the school board asking for more student outreach in the final stages of the search for superintendents.
“As the leader of our county’s school system, the superintendent has an immense impact on virtually every aspect of students’ daily lives, including mental health services, academic opportunities, and equity initiatives,” they said. said the students. “Given this impact, it is imperative that student concerns are heard, addressed and prioritized during the Superintendent’s research process.”
Students also asked for “clear indications that the superintendent was chosen for demonstrating success in key areas including community outreach, closing achievement and opportunity gaps, access to mental health for all students and equitable school experiences for vulnerable student populations, such as neurodivergent, people of color, LGBTQIA+, and English language learners.
A representative from the student group Pride Liberation Project said students will be walking out of class Thursday at six high schools:
- Mount Vernon High School
- Westfield High School
- Oakton High School
- McLean High School
- Liberty College
- South County High School
The school board indicates that several polls and public meetings will take place over the next few weeks regarding the superintendent’s decision. The board will make the final decision in a public vote later this year.
News4’s Aimee Cho spoke with Scott Brabrand about his reasons for leaving and what’s next.
Stick with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story.