The nine members of the Winchester School Board represent a wide range of professions, interests, and ages. They are appointed by City Council, serve four-year terms, and are limited to two consecutive terms. School Board members make decisions based on the advice and counsel of education professionals, but they keep in mind the desires of the public they serve.

The functions of the School Board are policy-forming and legislative, while those of the Superintendent are administrative and executive. The School Board directs the expenditure of a $48 million budget, oversees a 600 member school staff which includes teachers, staff professionals, and support personnel, and carries out the responsibilities connected with the ownership and maintenance of school buildings and sites worth over $200 million.The School Board works within the broader framework of state and federal law, and each member of the board is accountable to the citizens of Winchester.

The overall supervision of the Winchester Public Schools is a cooperative effort in which the School Board, Superintendent, and staff members work together for the best interests of our 4,300 students and the public.


All School Board meetings and committee meetings are open to the public, and citizens are cordially invited to attend. Citizens who wish to offer their comments at a regular school board meeting are encouraged to do so. They are asked to call or write the Superintendent's office to request that an item be included on the meeting agenda. A sign-in sheet is also provided at each regular meeting for those wishing to address the school board.

Winchester Public Schools utilizes an electronic agenda and meeting system for regular School Board Meetings. "BoardDocs" is a website especially designed for board members and the public to access agendas and support documents associated with each school board meeting. It will replace the old method of compiling, printing, and distributing documents to a limited audience. Through this website, board members and the public can view and/or print information prior to meetings, saving time and resources while providing greater access to the information Board Members use to make decisions. In addition, all documents associated with meetings are automatically archived and can be searched by meeting date or by using the comprehensive search feature. To log in to BoardDocs, click on the BoardDocs logo at left. If you have any questions regarding the BoardDocs system, please contact the School Board Office at 540-667-4253.


Meetings are generally held twice each month on the 2nd and 4th Mondays. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings begin promptly at 6:00pm. Work sessions are held at CAO and regular meetings are held at the Jefferson Street Center, 536 Jefferson Street. Please check the BoardDocs website for meeting agendas and to confirm meeting locations.

July 10, 2017 - 6:00pm (Reorganization Meeting) - CAO Staff Development Room
July 17, 2017 - 8:30am - Board Retreat at Shrine Mont Conference Center, Virginia House, 3rd Floor, Orkney Springs
August 14, 2017 (work session)
August 28, 2017 (regular meeting)
September 11, 2017 (work session)
September 25, 2017 (regular meeting)
October 9, 2017 (work session)
October 23, 2017 (regular meeting)
November 13, 2017 (work session)
November 27, 2017 (regular meeting)
December 11, 2017 (regular meeting)
January 8, 2018 (work session)
January 22, 2018 (regular meeting)
February 12, 2018 (work session)
February 20, 2018 (budget meeting)
February 26, 2018 (regular meeting)
March 12, 2018 (work session)
March 19, 2018 (budget meeting)
March 26, 2018 (regular meeting)
April 9, 2018 (work session)
April 23, 2018 (regular meeting)
May 14, 2018 (work session)
May 29, 2018 (regular meeting)
June 11, 2018 (work session)
June 25, 2018 (regular meeting)
  Will call as needed.
September 6, 2017 (8:45am) – Daniel Morgan Intermediate School
September 6, 2017 (10:00 am) – John Handley High School
October 4, 2017 (8:45am) – Daniel Morgan Middle School
October 4, 2017 (10:00 am) – Adult ESL Program at Jefferson Street Center
October 18, 2017 (7:00pm) – Adult ESL Program at Daniel Morgan Middle School
November 1, 2017 (8:00am) – John Kerr Elementary School
November 1, 2017 (9:15am) – Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart Elementary School
December 6, 2017 (8:00am) – Garland Quarles Elementary School
December 6, 2017 (9:15am) – Frederick Douglass Elementary School
February 7, 2018 (10:30am) – Northwestern Regional Educational Program
March 22, 2018 (9:00am) – Mountain Vista Governor's School


School Board members welcome citizen comment regarding the supervision of the Winchester Public Schools. Telephone calls and letters to School Board members assist them in making child- and community-centered decisions. Telephone numbers and addresses of School Board members may be obtained through the Superintendent's office. Letters may also be addressed to the School Board members and mailed to Winchester Public Schools, 12 N. Washington Street, Winchester, VA 22601.


School Board members are often involved in conflict resolution; however it is agreed by educators and School Board members that it is usually in the best interests of students to solve problems through contact with their teacher or principal and for employees to refer concerns to their principal or immediate supervisor.

If a problem cannot be resolved through contact with a teacher, principal, or immediate supervisor, the next step is to contact the Superintendent or the Superintendent's designated representative. If these efforts fail, contact with the School Board members is encouraged.


Erica Truban Erica Truban
Chair - Ward 4

Mrs. Truban believes that the public school system is the centerpiece of a community, and joined the Winchester Public School Board because of her desire to ensure that the education of all youth remains the highest priority for the City of Winchester. Her educational interests include: community and family engagement, early childhood education, and educational technology. Mrs. Truban is a Certified Public Accountant and is currently an Adjunct Faculty Member at Lord Fairfax Community College, after spending over ten years in technology risk management. She holds a Master of Science in Accounting from James Madison University and an Honors Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Delaware. She is married with five school-aged children.

Marie Imoh Marie Imoh
Vice Chair - Ward 4

Marie Imoh proudly serves as a member of the Winchester Public School Board and feels privileged to be a part of a community that values and invests in quality education for all. Marie served in the United States Army for 8 years and holds a Master’s degree in mental health counseling. She is the Assistant Site Director at National Counseling Group, a local organization providing Mental Health Services for individuals and families in Winchester and the surrounding cities. Marie believes that quality education should be accessible to all in spite of physical and mental health challenges. She believes that public education is perhaps the single common experience for most individuals, and that the success of the experience is often determined by the school district's commitment to the quality of their schools. Marie believes that public schools assumes a large responsibility for preparing students to contribute to their local communities, their cities and their ever evolving society.

Richard Bell Richard Bell
Ward 1

With three kids in Winchester Public Schools and a strong connection to the community both personally and professionally, Mr. Bell believes it is an honor to serve as an appointed member of the School Board. With his education in architecture, engineering and urban planning and his professional experience in real estate development and management, Mr. Bell brings useful expertise to help understand and manage our division growth and facility needs. Our public school system is a vital component to the success of our community and our region.

Vincent Di Benedetto Vincent Di Benedetto
Ward 2


Ralph Grim Ralph Grim
Ward 3

Ralph Grim serves on the Winchester Public School Board with an interest in expanding our Career and Technical Education and STEM related pathways within the city school system. Mr. Grim is a professional in the Information Technology sector and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from James Madison University. With children enrolled within WPS, Mr. Grim's primary focus is to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity for success.

Karen Anderson Holman Karen Anderson Holman
Ward 2

Ms. Anderson Holman, a product of the Anchorage, Alaska, public school system, is an alumna of Spelman College, Alaska Pacific University, and The American University Washington College of Law; and the owner/founder of The Law Office of Karen M. Holman, PLLC. She believes that education is the “new currency of the 21st century,” and that all children, regardless of their ethnicity or socioeconomic status, have a right to a quality public education. She is motivated to serve on the board of the Winchester Public Schools as a natural outgrowth of her advocacy for her son, and the children that she represents before the courts as a guardian ad litem. Ms. Anderson Holman wants to ensure that they have an equal opportunity to achieve academic excellence.

Allyson Pate Allyson Pate
Ward 1

Mrs. Pate believes serving on the School Board is a privilege and a meaningful way for her to help ensure positive learning opportunities for all students and be responsive to their needs and abilities. Equally important is the opportunity to support staff in their efforts to reach and teach each student as well as promote community involvement in our public schools. Following graduation from John Handley School, Vanderbilt University, and George Peabody College for Teachers, the next 40+ years of her professional endeavors have been dedicated to the field of education as a speech therapist, teacher, consultant and administrator in both public schools and residential treatment centers. Through career experiences and appointments to national, state and local non-profit public agency boards, Ms. Pate has been energized and influenced by crossing paths with extraordinary parents, professionals and students.

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