Beth Barts is quite the Board Member. On 11/18/2020 she was reprimanded by the LCPS School Board for publicly disclosing “confidential, attorney-client-privileged information” (see story below). What was the subject matter? Anyones guess, but if LCPS has teachers and staff currently colluding with the NAACP……Just saying, I have no proof, if I did, it would have been included.
Today, Beth Barts was so incredibly dismissive and rude to a parent who was simply bringing a concern to the boards attention about racism being directed at white students. Apparently there’s no such thing or not as far as the board is concerned. Beth Barts replied: “I have noting to say to all of this other than I fully support our efforts to end systemic racism and teaching tolerance and inclusion. I really hope homeschooling continues to go well for you.” What this moron is saying is too bad, so sad just homeschool.
Beth Barts is all on this CRT garbage. She’s down for the cause, so much so, that she feels white students should just be homeschooled if they feel racially slighted. I wonder if Beth Barts would have the same level of passion and support if she knew the NAACP and several LCPS teachers were actively investigating her to get her off the board. According to the NAACP/LCPS teacher/staff meeting, Beth Barts is a radical feminist but this is not enough for them. Too bad Beth has no idea what the future may hold, perhaps she can ask these teachers. Keep up the great civil work Beth, you sense of compassion is incredible. I encourage anyone with less than flattering experiences with Beth Barts to send them to P.A.C.T. and we will make sure the broader community gets to know her real well.
After a nearly two-hour closed session during its special Tuesday night meeting, the Loudoun County School Board voted to issue an official reprimand to board member Beth Barts (Leesburg District).
Per Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan (Sterling District), the reprimand involves Barts’s alleged “unauthorized disclosure of confidential, attorney-client-privileged information” from a prior closed session, the specific parameters of which remain unclear.
“Based on the evidence, the board finds that the confidential, attorney-client information from closed session was disclosed recently by Ms. Barts without authorization regarding social media,” Sheridan said after Tuesday’s closed session adjourned.
The chairwoman added Barts’ alleged actions violate Loudoun County Public Schools Policy 1030, which states board members are to “respect the stated purpose for, and maintain the confidentiality of, discussions that are held pursuant to the Code of Virginia as closed meetings or executive sessions.”
It was not immediately clear what social media communication got Barts in hot water.
The board voted 6-2-1 to issue the reprimand, with Denise Corbo (At-Large) and John Beatty (Catoctin District) opposed, and with Barts herself absent from both the closed session and the vote.
According to School Board Attorney Stephen DeVita, Barts asked Sheridan to proceed with the closed session without her, after which DeVita emailed Barts and asked for her participation.
“[I] notified her that she had an opportunity to respond, and specifically asked her if she was waiving her opportunity to respond,” he said. “She indicated, ‘Yes, that’s correct.’”
However, Barts took to Facebook directly after the closed session to address the action against her, which she clarified is “an official rebuke” and does not impact her voting privileges or status as an elected official.
“I accept the reprimand [the board] issued to me while I remain committed to continuing to be transparent and open on social media when [it] comes to the greater good and safety of our community including all staff and students,” she wrote.
Tuesday’s meeting, according to the LCPS online calendar, was originally intended to comprise a work session regarding elementary school attendance zones.
Per Barts’s Facebook activity, the closed session was not added to the agenda until less than 24 hours before the meeting, to which school staff also added a last-minute “New Business” item discussing potential public health metrics that would trigger a return to full distance learning.
Barts has yet to respond to the Times-Mirror’s request for comment.