School Board Seeks Applicants From Samuel Miller District to Serve on Sustainability & Planning Boards

The Albemarle County School Board is seeking additional applicants from the Samuel Miller magisterial district who are interested in serving their community as a member of the Advisory Committee for Environmental Sustainability or the Long-Range Planning Advisory Committee. Each group addresses issues that influence the future quality of public education in the county, and members serve for a term of two years.

The Advisory Committee for Environmental Sustainability (ACES) is formed to advise and inform the school board and superintendent about measures to help Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) develop and reach sustainability goals and foster an integrated series of tools and knowledge for the growth of environmental awareness. A significant part of the committee’s mission will be to guide and coordinate the implementation of the county’s Climate Action Plan as it relates to schools. Implementation will involve goals related to the five sectors of the Climate Action Plan: transportation and land use; buildings; renewable energy sourcing; sustainable materials management; and landscape, natural resources, and agriculture.

ACES is responsible for serving as a resource to the school board and superintendent regarding matters of environmental sustainability; developing plans for implementation of the county’s Climate Action Plan goals as they relate to the school division; developing concrete and/or measurable environmental goals for ACPS; providing a report, at least annually, to the school board and superintendent about progress from the prior year and receiving feedback on board priorities for the next year; and creating methods for feedback from and engagement with students through the student ACES member.

The Long-Range Planning Advisory Committee (LRPAC) informs and advises the superintendent and school board in the development of comprehensive, long-term plans for facility needs in the most effective way and in support of the school division’s strategic plan. Committee members must reside in the magisterial district they represent, with the exception of the at-large seat, which any resident of the county may hold. LRPAC researches, reviews, and makes recommendations on issues such as school program capacity; enrollment and projections; transportation and operating efficiencies related to facilities planning; creative financing and construction strategies; scope of renovations; school closures and new schools; student accommodation planning; and the division’s requirements for innovative learning environments to accommodate its 21st century instructional model and associated technology resources.

LRPAC applicants should have an interest in or experience with school facilities and capital improvement program planning; demographics and economics; elementary, middle and high school programs and needs; public outreach and communication; and/or municipal design and construction. Members will interact and communicate with the school board and the public through work sessions and community and focus group meetings.

More information and committee applications are available on the school board’s Committees web page. The application deadline for serving on either advisory group has been extended to Thursday, February 3, 2022. Applications should be submitted to Jennifer Johnston, Clerk of the School Board, by email at or by postal mail to 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Community members may direct questions or requests for additional information to Ms. Johnston by phone at 434-972-4055.

CONTACT: Helen Dunn, Legislative and Public Affairs Officer
PHONE: 434-249-8379