Alexandria school board member Willie F. Bailey, Sr. resigned, effective November 30, according to a news release from Alexandria City Public Schools.
“I was honored to be chosen by the voters for the opportunity to serve on the Alexandria City School Board, and I thank the community for your trust and confidence,” said Bailey, in the release. “I wish the School Board and superintendent much success in achieving the goals of the 2025 strategic plan and supporting students to be successful in life, college and career.”
In accepting his resignation, Michelle Rief, the board’s chair, thanked Bailey for his service and for his “deep commitment to the children and families” of Alexandria.
Willie Bailey, a former Alexandria City Council member, has been on the school board since 2021. He was one of six new school board members to join the nine-member board that year, and remains active in the community. He serves on numerous boards, including the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority and Carpenter’s Shelter. Bailey, who has served as a deputy fire chief for the fire marshal’s office in Fairfax County, is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Operation Warm, a nonprofit children’s coat distributor in the United States.
The school board plans to petition the circuit court to order a special election to fill the vacancy. A special election may take place in early 2024, the news release said.
Feature image courtesy Willie Bailey/Facebook
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