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Erbach elected 2018 chair of Chesterfield School Board; Thompson chosen vice chair

Chesterfield County Public Schools

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John Erbach and Rob Thompson

The Chesterfield County School Board selected a new chair and vice chair Tuesday, Jan. 9, during its first meeting of the year. Dale District representative John Erbach was chosen by his colleagues to serve as chair. Matoaca District representative Rob Thompson was selected vice chair.

“I am humbled, deeply appreciative and will work diligently to continue the strategic work of this Board,” Erbach said. “This board is deeply invested in this work and remains focused on maximizing the potential of every student and preparing every student for success in college or in the workforce. I look forward to continuing to engage in the process as we finalize the plan that we started building last year – with a focus on growth, equity and the 21st century skills our students need to experience success.”

During Tuesday’s meeting, Erbach outlined several topics he expects the School Board will address in the coming year:

Creating a capital improvement plan to support school projects approved in the 2013 bond referendum
Working to insource custodial services to ensure a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment
Focusing on innovation, engaging classrooms and assessments that measure growth and make learning fun
Creating an environment where staff members look forward to coming to work each day
Developing a new strategic plan: Imagine Tomorrow

“There is a lot of work ahead of us,” Erbach said. “The community expects us to be up to the challenge. The work starts today. I’m humbled and excited to lead you all in this effort.”

Erbach is a partner with the Richmond-based law firm Spotts Fain. He has worked in the public and private sectors, including a stint as a research analyst with the Office of National Drug Control Policy. At Spotts Fain, his practice focuses on business litigation and counseling businesses to avoid disputes. Additionally, Erbach has provided hundreds of hours of pro bono service representing members of the community who cannot afford a lawyer when they need one. He also once sat on the board of directors of Read to Them, a nonprofit organization devoted to creating a culture of literacy in every home.

Thompson served for 20 years in the United States Navy, retiring as a naval intelligence officer in 2005. After retiring, Mr. Thompson started a Department of Defense contracting company serving the needs of the national intelligence community. He continues to work at the Pentagon as a liaison between the Navy and the National Reconnaissance Office, ensuring that the Navy’s needs are captured in space-based requirements. Mr. Thompson earned a bachelor’s degree in vocational education from Southern Illinois University, a bachelor’s degree in electronics technology from Norfolk State University and a master’s degree in systems technology specializing in scientific and technical intelligence from the Naval Postgraduate School.

The other Chesterfield County School Board members are Carrie Coyner (Bermuda District), Dianne Smith (Clover Hill District) and Dr. Javaid Siddiqi (Midlothian District). All School Board members were elected in November 2015 to serve four-year terms that end Dec. 31, 2019.

 

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