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Langley High junior elected as Fairfax school board representative

Langley High school junior Harris LaTeef was elected as the 44th student representative to the Fairfax County school board Wednesday.

He will succeed Will Ashe, a senior at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

LaTeef, who was elected by the countywide Student Advisory Council, will begin his term on July 1. The student representative, a non-voting member of the board, provides the 12 elected members with a classroom view on broader policy issues.

LaTeef said he was compelled to pursue a position on the school board from an experience earlier in his academic career. As a third-grader at Colvin Run elementary, LaTeef led a campaign to nominate his bus driver, Nancy Gundeman, as the schools’ support employee of the year. Gundeman won the honor and became the first bus driver to receive the award.

He said in a statement that he saw three crucial issues for students in the next year, including effects of next year’s budget on schools, high school start times and disciplinary policies.

T. Rees Shapiro is an education reporter.

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