Footloose Aaron Spence. Having Fun On Loudoun County’s Dime

Republished with permission from Kerry: Unemployed and Unedited.

by Kerry Dougherty 

Let’s just admit it. Those of us who thought Aaron Spence was a disaster as Virginia Beach School Superintendent are experiencing a shameless bout of schadenfreude.

Yep, we’re enjoying the misfortune of others.

Those “others” would be Loudoun County parents and taxpayers. Aaron Spence is their problem now. He left Virginia Beach last year for the greener pastures of Loudoun County, the richest in the U.S.

According to excellent news reporting by tenacious ABC News7 reporter, Nick Minock, Spence has only been on the job for just nine months but has spent 30 days out of the district at a variety of boondoggles, er conferences.

Spence who makes a whopping $375,000 a year, ducked out of Loudoun County 10 times this school year for destinations such as Miami, West Palm Beach, San Diego and Puerto Rico, as well as several closer to home. According to records obtained by the reporter, it appears taxpayers picked up the tab for his conference registrations, hotels and travel, while at least in one instance he slurped up $15,000 for teaching two seminars at the conference seminars.

This would be just another example of a greedy public official living large off the generosity of unsuspecting taxpayers, but this case is much, much worse.

You see, while Spence was exploring warmer climes, children were overdosing in Loudoun County schools and parents were not being notified.

In fact, it took Loudoun County Schools 20 days to communicate with parents last fall when eight students in three weeks overdosed at Park View High School. Reacting to that inexcusable delay, Gov. Glenn Youngkin took the extraordinary  step of signing an executive order forcing school officials to notify parents within 24 hours after an overdose.

Spence’s nine-year stay in Virginia Beach was tumultuous, due mainly to his unwavering commitment to wokeness.

For instance, Spence tried to ban zeroes from the grading scale and would have been successful if not for fierce resistance from old-school teachers who believed kids should face consequences when they failed to turn in school work. He was successful, however, in abolishing valedictorians and salutatorians (reinstated once he fled for Northern Virginia). Test scores fell during his tenure, discipline problems increased and there were reported staffing shortages. During covid, Spence kowtowed to the leftist majority on the school board that fought hard to keep schools closed and then forced useless masks on students once they opened.

Back in 2020 Spence was forced to issue not one, but two apologies for his wife’s vulgar New Year’s Facebook post. It featured a loopy photo of Spence and his wife and Mrs. Spence used the occasion to direct a profanity at President Donald Trump.

After the school board elections of 2022 — which saw a slate of good-government types displace several lefties — Spence realized he was exactly one vote away from being fired. Not long after he was bound for Northern Virginia

Now the Fun Couple is living in Loudoun and those lucky taxpayers get to deal with his shenanigans.

If he is still employed by the Loudoun County Public Schools after one year on the job, Minock reports, Spence is due a $20,000 bonus.

It’s a lot more entertaining to watch Spence in action when it isn’t YOUR tax dollars paying him.

Pass the popcorn.

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11 responses to “Footloose Aaron Spence. Having Fun On Loudoun County’s Dime”

  1. Bob X from Texas Avatar
    Bob X from Texas

    Grifters grift until parents wake up and vote them out. Grifters count on working parents being too tired to go to school board meeting after exhausting 10 hour days at work. When I retired I started going to school board meeting and was amazed at how disgustingly woke the school board was.
    Folks, educate yourself on the school board candidates and vote like You Children’s future depended on that vote!

  2. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
    James Wyatt Whitehead

    Loudoun has not had able leadership since 2014. Eric Williams, Scott Zeigler, and now Spence have all been miserable failures. I blame the voters. Loudouners keep sending fools to the school board who in turn appoint fools to be superintendent. I think Spence should aim higher. Nice international education conference in Hawaii coming up.

  3. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
    Dick Hall-Sizemore

    Many public officials spend a lot of time at conferences. I once worked for a state agency in which it seemed that the director was always at a conference. Truth be told, it was better that he was. He could do less damage than if he were back in his office.

    Spence's conference schedule does seem extreme, but, before condemning him, it would be nice for Kerry to do some comparisons. For example, how many conferences did the current Va. Beach superintendent attend over the past year and where were they?

    Kerry must have forgotten some of her journalism training. She is misleading in how she describes the action she links to regarding parental notification of overdoses. The governor did issue an executive order earlier in the year requiring notice within 24 hours. However, the legal standing of that executive order is dubious, at best. Governors do not have the authority to set local school board policy. School boards run local schools within the bounds of state law. That the executive order has no legal standing is borne out by the GA passing legislation requiring such parental notification. The governor wanted a 24-hour requirement in the law, but the House of Delegates refused to go along, leaving it up to the Board of Education to set the guidelines.

    1. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      Forgotten? That implies…

    2. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
      James Wyatt Whitehead

      According WJLA Channel 7 the supers in Prince William, Fairfax, Arlington, and so on attend 5 to 6 conferences in a year. Spence has been to 10. All approved by the school board chair as well. The tab picked up by the tax payer. This county just spent $27,000 on a communications audit. About to spend 1.2 million on renaming schools with ties to plantations or battles. Sully Elementary is going to have to dump the name because it was a plantation with slaves. Balls Bluff Elementary is going to have name surgery because the Yankees lost the battle. I can't believe the Black History Committee from the Balch Library missed the big one. Woodgrove High School. Name change in order. Going to cost about $650 grand. Woodrove is name after a nearby plantation that was once the home of Ranger Henry Heaton. Mosby's Rangers that is.

      1. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
        James Wyatt Whitehead

        We can't have that now can we? Lordy Lordy. A big school named after the house of a Partisan Ranger! You can't fix Loudoun. They will continue to step in the same pothole over and over again.

  4. DJRippert Avatar

    "According to records obtained by the reporter, it appears taxpayers picked up the tab for his conference registrations, hotels and travel, while at least in one instance he slurped up $15,000 for teaching two seminars at the conference seminars."

    He used taxpayer money to attend the conference, travel to the conference, lodging at the conference, etc. Then, he pocketed the $15,000 he was paid by the conference to lead the seminars?

    If so, that seems clearly unethical.

    1. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
      James Wyatt Whitehead

      Expert pick pocket that Spence is. The man is going to get his base salary, a bonus, and a raise. Only Loudoun can find an even bigger loser super to replace the prior bums.

      1. DJRippert Avatar

        There's no answer. I grew up in Fairfax County. In 1970, the county had a population of 455,000. In every election from 1968 through 2000 the county went for the Republican candidate.

        By 2004, the population had swelled to just over 1 million.

        That growth was fueled by lots of economic refugees fleeing broken, liberal, northern cities.

        Those transplants lacked the self-awareness to realize that the reason they had to flee Buffalo, Detroit, etc was that liberal politicians had destroyed those cities.

        Once they got to Fairfax County they kept on voting the same way.

        From 2004 on, Fairfax County has voted for the Democratic candidate for president in every election.

        In 2000, Fairfax County was the wealthiest county or city in the US.

        Not anymore.

        In 2000, Fairfax County Public Schools was ranked as the best large school system in America.

        Not anymore.

        The liberal transplants are continuing to ruin Fairfax County.

        They will do the same to Loudoun.

        Once it's ruined, the liberals will decamp to their next geographical victim.

        You might be able to pick up the pieces after they leave.

        1. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
          James Wyatt Whitehead

          The liberal transplants are now here in Warrenton and Fauquier County. Year by year they gain steady ground at the ballot box. Hell we voted in one of those Amazon data centers. I say we have 5 to 10 years left before flipping blue.

        2. LarrytheG Avatar

          WOW ! A spreading Blue Plague!

          But look at Blue Massachusetts with real school unions!

          " 1. Massachusetts. Massachusetts has the best public school system in the U.S. 48.8% of Massachusetts's eligible schools ranked in the top 25% of high school rankings, a total of 167 schools. Massachusetts has the highest math and reading test scores in the U.S. and the second-highest median ACT score of 25.1."

          I think we know where the really bad schools are, not in Fairfax!

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