2018-01-10 / Front Page

Erbach elected new School Board chair

By Rich Griset
Staff Writer

John ErbachJohn ErbachThe Chesterfield County School Board elected Dale District representative John Erbach as its new chair Tuesday night, and Matoaca District representative Rob Thompson as its new vice chair.

Previous to his election, Erbach served as vice chair under Midlothian District representative Javaid Siddiqi.

“I’m humbled, deeply appreciative, and will work diligently to continue the strategic work of this board,” said Erbach after his election during Tuesday’s business meeting.

Erbach thanked his fellow board members for their service, calling them “the most talented group of people I’ve ever had the privilege of working with.”

Erbach also thanked his predecessor, touting initiatives like the Early College Academy, CodeRVA, the Phoenix Academy and the plan to change school start times next school year as signs of progress under Siddiqi’s tenure.

“A public education leader at the local, state and national levels, you’ve guided this board through a year of exciting progress and challenge,” Erbach said of Siddiqi. “We’ve certainly benefited from your leadership this past year.”

Erbach is a partner at the law firm Spotts Fain, and is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and the University of Richmond School of Law. He’s also worked as a research analyst with the Office of National Drug Control Policy and as a therapy technician with autistic children. He was elected to the School Board in 2015.

In the coming year, Erbach said the School Board would continue overseeing projects approved by the 2013 bond referendum, create classrooms that engage students, and use student assessments that measure growth. He also said the board would work to insource its custodial work “so that we ensure that we’re providing learning environments that are safe, supportive, clean and nurturing.”

Going forward, Erbach said the board would continue to provide “growth, equity and the 21st-century skills that our students need to experience success.”

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