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Andrews Steps Down

Board Will Vote on Replacement

Potomac District representative John Andrews will attend his last School Board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 9.

Andrews, who served on the School Board for seven years, will step down because he is moving from his home in Countryside to a Lansdowne neighborhood. The former School Board chairman will step down from his position after the School Board adopts next year’s operating, CIP and CARP budgets, which are on the Jan. 9 agenda.

School Board chairman Robert F. DuPree (Dulles) said that Andrew’s will stay on until the budgets are approved.

DuPree said the School Board will advertise for candidates to fill the Potomac District seat. Once the board receives applications, it will schedule interviews and hold public comment.

"We will schedule to vote on a replacement," DuPree said.

A candidate needs five votes to win.

By state law, the School Board must fill the position within 45 days of the vacancy. If School Board members cannot agree on a candidate or do not act, a Circuit Court judge will make the appointment.

"We’re going to fill the vacancy," DuPree said.

DUPREE WAS VOTED onto the School Board in 2002, after former Dulles District representative Pat Chorpenning resigned in his last year in office. Chorpenning stepped down to move to Arizona.

Dupree explained the application process as a thorough one. He was one of eight candidates who applied for the position. School Board members interviewed the applicants and scheduled a vote. DuPree ran for re-election the following year.

The School Board will vote to re-elect the chairman at its Tuesday, Jan. 2 organizational meeting.

Andrews announced last week that he will run as 33rd District representative in U.S. Senate.