June 24, 2005
Charlottesville School Board has two new faces. The City Council has appointed Reverend Dr. Alvin Edwards and Louis Bograd as the board's two newest members.
The newest faces on the school board are well respected members of the community. Both Reverend Edwards and Mr. Bograd are expected to bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Board.
Reverend Edwards, the Pastor of Mount Zion First African Baptist Church, is a former Charlottesville mayor with a lot of experience working with disadvantaged children.
Mr. Bograd is a civil rights lawyer who has worked extensively on education reform issues on behalf of at risk children for more than a decade.
Bograd was the only candidate given a unanimous vote, but says his appointment came as a surprise. "I thought I was a viable candidate," says Bograd. "But I certainly had no expectation that I was going to be appointed, and I'm hopeful that I can help make a difference and that we together can do right by the children of the city."
The City Council also reappointed Peggy Van Yahres. Van Yahres, Edwards and Bograd will begin their terms July 1.