With education becoming a top priority for many leaders in Virginia, Lynchburg city officials are weighing options for the future of their education task force created in 2019.
The Lynchburg City Council has deliberated twice since the new year on the need for the city’s education task force to continue. At its Tuesday meeting, the board decided to defer the decision again, until its March 22 joint meeting with the school system.
The task force, officially ratified on June 13, 2019, was created to study LCS enrollment trends, facilities, practices in education, collaboration opportunities, and finances.
According to Mayor MaryJane Dolan, the task force worked for about six months before having to go on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Michael Gillette, chair of the task force and a former mayor of Lynchburg, read a letter during this week’s meeting, asking the council for guidance.
Gillette told the council it could have the task force up and running again “within a month,” but also said “how quickly we do our work is completely up to you. It’s not up to us.”
“We will not be the ones to slow down this effort. We were ready to go back to work over a year ago and we will be ready as soon as you tell us we need to.”