In 2024, more than half of Charlottesville City Schools seven-person board will be new members.

For the first time in almost 20 years, four seats are open and the candidates have never served on the School Board before.

School Board members James Bryant, LaShundra Morsberger, Sherry Kraft and Jennifer McKeever are not seeking reelection. And there are just four certified candidates vying for the positions: Chris Meyer, Nicole Richardson, Amanda Burns and Shymora Cooper.

But before they take office, join them in conversation at the Charlottesville City School Board Forum, hosted by Charlottesville United for Public Education and Charlottesville Tomorrow, with In My Humble Opinion and Vinegar Hill Magazine. The forum will take place on Oct. 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center at 233 4th St NW. Free parking, including accessible parking, is available.

It’s not required that you RSVP, but it will help us better plan for childcare and interpretation. Click here to RSVP to attend in person or to let us know you will be watching online.

The event will also be streamed by In My Humble Opinion on their social media platforms. You can watch it on YouTube here.

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The new Charlottesville City Schools board members will take office in the midst of collective bargaining negotiations, ongoing bus driver and teacher shortages, school name changes, and a newly updated cellphone ban, and more. With such a sizable turnover, how City Schools respond to these ongoing issues will largely lie on the new board members. The school board forum will be a chance for community members to hear what they have to say and ask questions before election day.

All four candidates responded to a Q&A as part of Charlottesville Tomorrow’s 2023 Voter Guide. Read more about their positions on student safety, transgender and gender nonconforming students’ rights, achievement gaps and more here.

Charlottesville Tomorrow reporter Tamica Jean-Charles will engage in conversation with the four candidates and there will be discussion afterwards.


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