Charlottesville City School Board
The Charlottesville City School Board is the body that makes decisions related to Charlottesville City Schools. For the 2023 fiscal year, the school system serves approximately 4,500 students in grades K-12, employs nearly 1,000 people, operates 13 facilities, and has a budget of $106.9 million dollars.
Thursday, August 20, 2009 School Board Meeting - Chairman Michie called the meeting to order at 6:15 p.m., noting this was the first paperless meeting using Electronic School Board.
Current Members (2020-21)
- Lisa Larson-Torres (2018-21) -- Chair 
- James Bryant (2020-23) -- Vice-chair
- Sherry Kraft (2020-23)
- Jennifer McKeever (2020-23)
- Leah Puryear (2018-21)
- Lashundra Bryson Morsberger (2020-23)
- Juandiego R. Wade (2018-21)
The city switched to an elected school board in 2006. The city school board is officially nonpartisan; however, all are affiliated with the Democratic Party. All Virginia school board elections are nonpartisan by law, School Board candidates in Virginia must qualify for the ballot as “independents” (by voter petition signatures), so primary elections are never held for school board.
- Source: https://historical.elections.virginia.gov/elections/search/year_from:2004/year_to:2022/office_id:549/district_id:31120/stage:General
|Charlottesville City School Board Members (Elected by City Council)||Superintendent|
|Year||Chairperson||Seat 1||Seat 2||Seat 3||Seat 4||Seat 5||Seat 6||Seat 7|
|1949||R. Stanley Goodman, Jr.||H. W. Walsh||S. B. Weinberg||A. G. A. Balz||Mason S. Byrd||Charles J. Frankel||Junius R. Fishburne||Robert C. Jennings|
|1950||Harry A. Wright||Hugh L. Sulfridge|
|1951||P. A. Wallenborn||J. Harry Michael, Jr.|
|1952||F. G. Lankford, Jr.||John. G. Wall|
|1953||Fendall R. Ellis|
|1954||Ira S. Maupin|
|1955||R. Stanley Goodman, Jr.||Roscoe S. Adams||Earl Thacker, Jr.|
|1958||Chester Babcock||Richard Meade|
|1959||Roscoe S. Adams||John Hammond|
|1961||Edith Rudy||T. L. Mullinnix|
|1962||W. Copley McLean|
|1963||Richard Meade||M. B. Fogleman||John F. Harlan, Jr.||George C. Tramontin|
|1965||Edith Rudy||Raymond Bell||Grover Forloines||Thomas J. Michie, Jr.|
|1966||W. Copley McLean||Robert Humphris||Hovey Dabney||J. A. Kessler, Jr.|
|1967||Edward R. Rushton|
|1968||Henry B. Mitchell|
|1969||T. Elsom Johnson, Jr.||Bernard Morin||Laurence Brunton|
|1971||Laurence Brunton||Henry Tenney||Grace Tinsley|
|1972||Henry B. Mitchell||Elizabeth Bowers||Richard L. Jennings||Charles Webb|
|1973||J. A. Krssler, Jr.||William J. Ellena|
|1976||Richard L. Jennings||Alicia B. Lugo|
|1978||Caroline Holloway||Wallace Reed|
|1979||Gaines Anderegg||Mark Krebs|
|1980||W. David Sheffield|
|1981||Alicia B. Lugo||Dora Brooks||Joseph Mooney||Virginia Schatz||Thomas J. McLernon|
|1982||Lawrence Burruss||Vincent C. Cibbarelli|
|1986||Joseph Mooney||Rauzelle J. Smith|
|1987||John Pezzoli||Linda Seaman|
|1990||Emily Couric||Frances Johnson||Linda Seaman||Joseph R. McGeehan|
|1991||Rauzelle J. Smith||Al Elias||William Atwood|
|1992||Robert Bloodgood||Linda Seaman|
|1993||Linda Seaman||Mary-Susan Payne||Tamyra Turner|
|1995||Al Elias||Linda Bowen|
|1996||Mary-Susan Payne||Elva Holland||Glenn Stratton||Stephen Campbell||Cole Hendrix||Dorothea Shannon|
|2000||Stephen Campbell||Dede Smith||Muriel Wiggins|
|2001||Richard Merriwether||Julie Gronlund|
|2002||Linda Bowen||Peggy Van Yahres||Bill Igbani||Michael Heard||Ronald Hutchinson|
|2003||Dede Smith||Byron Brown|
|2004||Ned Michie||Scottie Griffin|
|2005||Julie Gronlund||Leah Puryear||Juandiego Wade||Louis Bograd||Alvin Edwards||Robert Thompson|
|2006||Alvin Edwards||Charlie Kollmansperger||Rosa Atkins|
- € Alvin Edwards resigned on October 31, 2010
- ₳ Guian McKee appointed to fill vacant seat
- ₥ Amy Laufer resigned January 2019 - moved to county.
- ß Ned Michie appointed to fill seat vacated by Amy Laufer
- ℳ Adam Hastings stepped down on March 3, 2018 - moved to county.
- ฿ James Bryant appointed to fill vacant seat previously held by Adam Hastings who resigned.
- ₩ On November 6, 2018, James Bryant won a special election for the Charlottesville School Board to replace the vacancy left when Adam Hastings stepped down on March 3, 2018.
- Juandiego Wade, Board Chair
- Amy Laufer, Vice Chair
- Colette E. Blount
- Jennifer McKeever
- Ned Michie
- Willa Neale
- Leah Puryear
Amy Laufer resigned in early January 2019. The Board will make an appointment at its meeting on February 21, 2019.
Former member and chair Ned Michie sought a return to the board on an interim basis to replace Laufer, as did former City Councilor Kristin Szakos. The School Board made an appointment on February 21. 
Charlottesville elects its School Board in a non-partisan election held at the same time as the general election for City Council. School Board members are elected at-large for four-year terms, with elections staggered each two years.
After the 2019 election, the next election for School Board will be on November 2, 2021. The candidate filing deadline for this election will be on June 8, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
2018 special election
There was a special election to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Adam Hastings on March 3, 2018.  Applications to serve as an interim member until the November 6 election were taken through March 23.
Candidates for interim appointment in 2019
- James Bryant
- Lashundra Bryson Morsberger
- Selena Cozart
- Emily Dooley
- Brian Dublirer
- Jessie Audette Muniz
- Julia Prousalis
- John Santoski
- Jennifer Slack
- Matthew Tennant
- Joe Thomas
Before Elected School Boards (1960-2006)
- Prior to 1995, Virginia school board members were appointed. The 1994 General Assembly passed an act(Approved April 10, 1994) allowing localities to decide between elected and appointed boards. The statute reads:
- "If a majority of the qualified voters voting in such referendum vote in favor of changing the method of selecting school board members to direct election by the voters, then the members of the school board shall be elected by popular vote. Elections of school board members in a county, city, or town shall be held to coincide with the elections for members of the governing body of the county, city, or town at the regular general election in November in the case of a county or the regular general election in May in the case of a city or town. In no event shall any election of school board members take place prior to 1994." § 22.1-57.3. Election of school board members. (1994)
- In 2004, the Charlottesville City Council (2004-2005) passed an ordinance moving the municipal elections from May to November and changing the method of selecting school board members to direct election by the voters..
- The Charlottesville Board of Elections held the 2006 election in which Charlottesville City School Board members were elected by popular vote for the first time. Prior to that, school board members were appointed by City Council in accordance with the 1976 City Code:
- Sec. 2-341. - Composition; appointment and terms of members.
- The school board of the city shall be composed of seven (7) members, to be appointed by the city council, and there shall be at least one (1) member from each ward of the city. All vacancies occurring by expiration of the term of office, as provided in the Charter, shall be filled at the second regular meeting of the city council in June of each year for a term of three (3) years, beginning on July 1. Vacancies occurring otherwise than by expiration of the term of office shall be filled for the unexpired term. No member shall be eligible to serve more than three (3) successive full three-year terms. If, for any reason, the city council should not fill the vacancies on or before July 1, as above provided, appointments, when made, shall be for the unexpired term. (Code 1976, § 2-109)
In 2020, the General Assembly approved changes to the City Charter to relect the 2006 election changes as such:
- § 45. (1946, c. 384; repealed, 2020, cc. 813, 814)
- § 45-a. School board.
- The City of Charlottesville shall constitute a single school district. The school board of the city shall consist of seven members. In accordance with the general laws of the Commonwealth, three of the school board members shall be elected in November 2021 and four members shall be elected in November 2023 to fill vacancies occurring on the first of January in the years following the year in which they are elected. School board members shall serve terms of four years. The members of the school board on the effective date of this Charter are hereby confirmed in office until the thirty-first day of December in the final year of the term of office for which they were elected. The board shall have all powers and perform all duties granted to and imposed upon school boards of cities by the general laws of the Commonwealth. (1948, c. 124; 2020, cc. 813, 814)
- § 45-a. School board.
- ↑ Web. Budget and Finance Department Overview, Charlottesville City Schools, retrieved Feb. 23, 2023.
- ↑ Web. [https://charlottesvillepublic.ic-board.com/Reference_Library/ESB_Minutes/Final%20Draft%20August%2020%2009%20Minutes.pdf MINUTES, BUSINESS MEETING OF THE SCHOOL BOARD CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY SCHOOLS], City of Charlottesville School Board, Thursday, August 20, 2009 (6:00 PM), retrieved Feb. 23, 2023.
- ↑ Web. Charlottesville School Board delays in-person return again citing COVID surge, Max Marcila, News Article, WVIR NBC29, Charlottesville, VA, January 7, 2021, retrieved January 8, 2021.
- ↑ Web. Charlottesville School Board adds two newcomers, Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow, November 3, 2015, retrieved July 20, 2016.
- ↑ Web. Charlottesville School Board Members, Charlottesville City Schools, retrieved January 8, 2021.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Web. Charlottesville School Board calls for gun legislation, briefed on student walkout plans, Josh Mandell, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 1, 2018, retrieved March 2, 2018.
- ↑ Web. School Board Recap, sort of, Jennifer McKeever, Jennifer McKeever, January 10, 2013, retrieved January 11, 2013.
- ↑ Web. Michie, Szakos among interim School Board hopefuls, Katherine Knott, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, February 8, 2019, retrieved February 24, 2020.
- ↑ Web. City School Board initiates process to fill vacancy, Josh Mandell, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 12, 2018, retrieved March 19, 2018.
- ↑ https://www.cvilletomorrow.org/articles/future-of-charlottesville-governance