Whether he’s calling to tell eager students that school is canceled or doing announcements for LCPS, Wayde Byard’s voice is recognizable throughout the county.
As the public information officer for LCPS, Wayde Byard is a local celebrity
“First of all [it feels] bizarre because it’s really not merited,” Byard said.
“Second of all…as long as it’s in good humor, I don’t care.”
However, being such a well known personality in the county comes with some negative side effects.
“Restaurants have become a problem, people see me when they’re eating and it’s weird.” Byard said. “I used to be able to move anonymously in and out of schools seeing things and stuff and that’s kind of gone.”
While Byard is not the person who determines whether or not school will be canceled, his job starts early nonetheless. After the superintendent and assistant superintendent make the decision at around four in the morning, they begin announcements through Facebook, Twitter, Loudoun Alerts and the calls themselves.
“So about 4:30 to 5:30 we’re really busy,” Byard said.
Byard’s job includes more than sending out phone calls. As the public information officer, he also answers a multitude of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, recently finishing 340 within the last four years. In addition to that, he oversees all LCPS press releases and video production.
There are countless memes, pictures and even Youtube videos circulating social media about him and his fabled voice, but there is much more to him than what meets the eye. Besides his job, Byard also enjoys screenwriting, having written the screenplays for A Little off the Top and Your Last Six Inches, the latter winning three awards at the International FIlm Festival in DC. He plans to release his book, The Burgundy and Gold Standard: a story about the history of the Redskins, later this year.
“I get home most nights after the gym at eight, usually I’ll write until about 10-10:30,” Byard said.
After students hear the fabled calls from Wayde and return to class, with numerous days off from school, some might fear how they affect standardized tests like SOLs and SATs.
“Good education is like when you practice a sport, one or two days off isn’t going to kill you,” Byard said.