Charlottesville City School Board

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The Charlottesville City School Board is the body that makes decisions related to Charlottesville City Schools. The city switched to an elected school board in 2006. Members are elected to four-year terms.

Prior to 2006, members were appointed by Charlottesville City Council.

2019 election

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Amy Laufer resigned in early January. The Board will make an appointment at its meeting on February 21, 2019.

Former member and chair Ned Michie will seek a return to the board on an interim basis to replace Laufer, as will Former City Councilor Kristin Szakos. It is not clear if they will seek the elected position. The School Board will make an appointment on February 21. [1]

2018 election

There will be a special election this year to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Adam Hastings on March 3. [2]

Applications to serve as an interim member until the November 6 election will be taken through March 23.

Candidates for interim appointment


2013-2014 term


City Council & School Board (1960-2007)

  • In Charlottesville, City Council members are elected for four-year terms, with elections staggered each two years.
  • City Council elections until 1970 were held in June of even-numbered years. [7]
  • From 1972 until 2006, City Council elections were held in May of even-numbered years.
  • Since 2007, City Council elections have been held in November of odd-numbered years. If Primaries are held, they are in June of the same year.
  • Charlottesville City School Board Members have been elected since 2006. Prior to that, they were appointed by City Council.
  • Their elections are held at the same time as City Council’s. They also serve 4-year terms, elected on a staggered schedule every two years.
  • 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.


  1. Web. Michie, Szakos among interim School Board hopefuls, Katherine Knott, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, February 8, 2019, retrieved February 8, 2019.
  2. Web. City School Board initiates process to fill vacancy, Josh Mandell, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 12, 2018, retrieved March 19, 2018.
  3. Web. Michie tapped to fill interim city School Board seat, Katherine Knott, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, February 21, 2019, retrieved February 24, 2019.
  4. Web. Charlottesville School Board adds two newcomers, Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow, November 3, 2015, retrieved July 20, 2016.
  5. Web. Charlottesville School Board Members, Charlottesville City Schools, retrieved February 8, 2019.
  6. Web. School Board Recap, sort of, Jennifer McKeever, Jennifer McKeever, January 10, 2013, retrieved January 11, 2013.

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