Peggy Clark Resigns from Frederick County School Board

Peggy Clark Resigns from Frederick County School Board
Posted on 11/20/2017
Peggy ClarkFor Immediate Release
November 20, 2017
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235

Frederick County School Board Member Peggy Clark has resigned from the School Board effective today. Clark, who was first elected in November 2009, is moving out of the Redbud District and is no longer eligible to serve as that district’s representative on the School Board.

School Board Chairman John Lamanna says, “I’ve had the privilege of serving with Mrs. Clark on the School Board throughout her entire tenure. She has proven to be an asset to the Board and has always focused on doing what is in the best interest of the community’s children. Her interest, commitment and advocacy for students with special needs has served the School Board well and positively impacted the school division.”

Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “Mrs. Clark spent her career as a teacher and continued to support students as a member of the School Board after she retired from Frederick County Public Schools. During her nearly eight years of service on the Board, Mrs. Clark was a tireless advocate for students and their families. Her commitment to early childhood education was evident as she strongly supported the school division moving from a half-day to a full-day kindergarten program several years ago and launching a pilot preschool program this year. The Board’s many accomplishments during her years of service will continue to positively impact our community’s children for years to come.”

Clark says, “I’ve enjoyed my time serving on the Board and working together with my colleagues, the division’s leadership team and many others in order to make a positive difference for students and their families. Although I will no longer be serving on the School Board, I intend to remain an advocate for children and our public schools. I also want to thank the residents of the Redbud District for entrusting me to represent them on the School Board. Finally, I want to thank my family and friends for their support as I’ve served on the Board over the past eight years.”

Clark will be succeeded by Shontya’ Washington who was elected on November 7 to serve a four-year term beginning January 1, 2018. According to the Code of Virginia, the School Board has 45 days in which to appoint a qualified voter from the magisterial district in which a vacancy occurs. In this instance, the 45-day window extends beyond the date on which Washington will assume her seat and the Board has no plans to make an appointment prior to Washington taking office.