Lynchburg City Schools names new school board chair, responds to CRT concerns

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Lynchburg school officials not only named a new chair and vice chair for the school board Tuesday night, but also issued a statement in response to community members’ concerns about Critical Race Theory (CRT) Tuesday evening.

According to Lynchburg City Schools, the school board elected Dr. James Coleman as the chair and Dr. Sharon Carter as vice chair for the 2021-2022 school year on Tuesday, July 13. In addition, the school board welcomed Randall Trost to his first meeting as a new board member.

However, school officials say several members of the community attended the meeting to express their concerns about CRT.

The school district released the following statement after the meeting Tuesday night:

Lynchburg City Schools is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment to support our students and employees. Directors Ethel Reeves and Latonya Brown shared the LCS educational philosophy and the current policies that govern how we address discrimination, harassment and bullying within our school division. 

You can find out more about the discussions and actions at Tuesday’s school board meeting by checking out the Lynchburg City Schools’ YouTube channel or viewing the updated documents on the 7-13-21 Agenda

The next school board work session is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20 in the E. C. Glass High School Auditorium, followed by the next school board meeting on Aug. 3 in the Board Room of the School Administration Building.

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