Meet the School Board
Rachel Kirkland, Chair
Mrs. Rachel Kirkland has been a member of the Manassas Park School Board since 2008 and is the School Board Representative to the Special Education Advisory Committee. Prior to her service as a School Board member, she served on the Special Education Advisory (20042008), as well as on the City of Manassas Revenue Sharing Committee. She has two sons who are enrolled in Manassas Park City Schools. In addition to her school duties, Mrs. Kirkland is a Media Specialist for a neighboring school division. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from George Mason University and a Masters’ in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee.
Carlos Jose Vargas,
Mr. Carlos Vargas became a member of the Manassas Park School Board in 2013. A strong supporter of Manassas Park City Schools, he has volunteered and attended many school division functions and events. His family moved into Manassas Park in 1999. He, and his wife Maria, currently have five children; one a preschooler, two who are enrolled in Manassas Park City Schools, and two who have graduated from Manassas Park High School. Mr. Vargas is an Information Technology Specialist for the US Department of HUD in Washington, D.C.
Hong J. Xu
Mr. Xu is a strong supporter of K12 education with two daughters currently enrolled in Manassas Park City Schools. His oldest daughter graduated from Manassas Park High School in 2014. Mr. Xu is also a strong supporter of first generation college goers, especially those from immigrant families, and is also currently serving on the College Board of Northern Virginia Community College. In addition to his education related work, Mr. Xu is a practicing attorney for nearly 20 years and currently an inhouse lead counsel for the Dow Chemical Company specializing in intellectual property laws. He holds a B.S. degree in Engineering from China, a M.S. degree in Engineering from Utah State University, and a J.D. degree from the Thomas Cooley Law School.
Mr. Eric S. Harmon was appointed to the Manassas Park City School Board in July, 2015. He is an enthusiastic believer in the potential of every child and that each student has the unwavering ability to successfully grow and develop. Mr. Harmon believes that new approaches, such as the more heavily focused inclusion of technology into the classroom, are important for success, as they allow for a fresh and innovative exchanges of ideas and deviations from previously expected outcomes. Mr. Harmon and his wife moved to the City of Manassas Park in 2010. With the addition to their Family of their first born child in 2015, the desire to take a more proactive role in the educational process within the community was strengthened, to help ensure continued and successful growth in potential for all. In addition to his appointment to the School Board, Mr. Harmon is a Cyber Security Information Technology Program Manager at the Headquarters, Department of Defense, in the National Capital Region; he brings to the Board his background in planning, budgeting, and logistics. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Harmon is also an appointed member of the Blooms Crossing Owners' Association Architectural Review Board."
School Board Clerk
Mrs. Dana Williams has been the School Board Clerk of the Manassas Park City School Board since 2010. She also served as a member of the Manassas Park City School Board from 2003 – 2009. She has lived in Manassas Park since 1994 and has a son currently enrolled in Manassas Park City Schools and one son who graduated from Manassas Park High School. In addition to her School Board Clerk duties, Mrs. Williams is an integral member of the Human Resources department and assists with the hiring of our substitute employees.
Deputy School Board Clerk