With such pressing matters as fall return-to-school plans and the fate of the Loudoun County High School mascot on the agenda, nearly 300 community members felt compelled to sign up for public comment at Monday's Loudoun County School Board meeting.
After making opening remarks shortly after 4 p.m., Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan (Sterling District) announced 294 Loudoun County Public Schools community members were scheduled to contribute their thoughts to the evening's proceedings, which were already bound to be lengthy.
The first dozen or so speakers have tended to focus on the two aforementioned, hotly-debated topics, and LCPS staff have been strict in enforcing the one-minute speaking time limit. Per Sheridan, unlike last week, she will not circle back to offer time to those who fail to speak during their allotted time slots due to difficulties technical or otherwise.
"We have a very full agenda, and it will be hours before we even start it," Sheridan said. "We do appreciate the community's engagement in this process, and we want to hear from all of you, but we also have to attend to our business."
Once public comment wraps up, the School Board will convene an indefinite closed meeting, after which it plans to approve the evening's consent agenda and begin discussing action items.
Monday's meeting is available to stream live at lcps.org/Page/140009.
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