Moon re-elected as Fairfax school board chair

Ilryong Moon (At Large) was re-elected chairman of the Fairfax County school board during the body’s first meeting of fiscal year 2014.

Moon, a 14-year veteran of the board, served previously as chairman in 2006 and 2012. Last year, he led the 12-member board as it selected a new superintendent, conducted a boundary study and passed changes to the school district’s discipline policies.

“He has done a fine job of keeping us organized,” said member Sandy Evans (Mason). “He has basically steered the ship that is the school board with great finesse.”

Moon, who has a private law practice, grew up in Fairfax County and graduated from Harvard University.

He received 11 votes for the chairmanship at the Thursday meeting, with member Elizabeth Schultz (Springfield) abstaining. Schultz said that she was the only board member Moon did not call to speak about his candidacy.

“I did not get to have a heartfelt conversation with the chairman,” Schultz said at the meeting, noting that she and Moon have had frosty relations in the past. “We are in a new era . . .I hope this dawns a new day.”

Speaking after his election, Moon said: “I can only try, that’s the promise I make.”

Tamara Derenak-Kaufax (Lee) was unanimously elected to be vice chair of the board, succeeding Pat Hynes (Hunter Mill). Derenak-Kaufax joined the board in 2012 and is serving her first term. During the past year, she served as chair of the school board’ s public engagement committee.

T. Rees Shapiro is an education reporter.

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