Alvin Wilson resigns from School Board

Published 5:56 pm Monday, November 1, 2021

Alvin Wilson is the latest member of Isle of Wight County’s School Board to resign.

Wilson, who represents the county’s Hardy District on the board, tendered his resignation on Oct. 26, according to IWCS spokeswoman Lynn Briggs.

Wilson had already planned to step down at the end of his current term, which will occur on Dec. 31. Voters will choose his successor — Michael Cunningham or Todd Meier — during Tuesday’s general election.

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Briggs declined to provide The Smithfield Times with a copy of Wilson’s resignation letter, calling it a “personnel document.” She then cited Virginia Code 2.2-3705.1 (1), which states “personnel information concerning identifiable individuals” are “excluded from the mandatory disclosure provisions” of Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act.

Wilson, however, said his resignation was primarily for health reasons, speaking to The Smithfield Times by phone on Nov. 1.

The School Board has scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. Nov. 8 in the boardroom of the Isle of Wight County government complex at Monument Circle to name Wilson’s interim replacement through Dec. 31. According to Briggs, whoever wins the Hardy District School Board election will become their appointee. This will allow that person to take office sooner than Jan. 1, and then continue in that role in 2022 for a full four-year term.

Wilson’s resignation is the third announced School Board departure in the past two months. At the board’s October meeting, Chairwoman Jackie Carr read Windsor District representative Julia Perkins’ resignation letter into the record, then announced her own intent to withdraw as a candidate for re-election to the Carrsville District seat.