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January 8, 2019

School board elects Sloane chairman for 2019

Suzanne Sloan ranks “solving compensation issues” as her top priority as school board chairman.
Fauquier’s school board Monday night elected Suzanne Sloane (Scott District) as its chairwoman.

Ms. Sloane will succeed Donna Grove (Cedar Run) as the five-member board’s leader for 2019.

Ms. Sloane just started her third year on the school board. She served as vice chairwoman in 2018.

“This will give me a better opportunity to work with more people more directly,” Ms. Sloane, 51, said of her role.

She will lead the board work through discussions about Warrenton’s two aging middle schools, teacher salaries and the annual budget ($140 million this year).

She wanted the position because, “we’ve seen a lot of projects since I started . . . and I have enjoyed working with senior staff.”

As chairwoman she looks forward to working with Fauquier’s Excellence in Education Foundation and hopes to move the school board chairman’s night so more citizens can attend.

“Solving compensation issues” for teachers and other school staffers ranks as her top priority.

She also hopes the school system can “come closer to an agreement” with county supervisors on how to deal with Warrenton’s two aging middle schools.

Ms. Sloane also looks forward to implementing the energy savings program in schools.

The one-year appointment comes with an annual stipend of $14,400. 

The school board also elected Duke Bland (Marshall) as vice chairman, with a $13,300 stipend.

The three other board members receive $12,000 a year.

The school board will conduct its first meeting on the fiscal 2020 budget on Feb. 11.

A former teacher, Ms. Sloane since 2009 has worked as head of school for the Virginia Virtual Academy.

She earned an educational instructional technology certificate from George Mason University in 1998, a master’s degree in education from University of Virginia in 1994 and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Pennsylvania State University in 1989.

Ms. Sloane and her husband John, who live near New Baltimore, have two teenage sons who attend Kettle Run High School.

— Cassandra Brown
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