, 2014

Search begins for new school
superintendent in Lancaster

by Audrey Thomasson

KILMARNOCK—The Lancaster school board began the selection process to identify and hire a new superintendent during a special session Monday morning at the central office.

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According to Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) deputy executive director Gina Patterson, 52 of the 133 school districts in Virginia are searching for a new superintendent in 2014.

District three member Don McCann made the motion to work with VSBA at a cost of $5,500 and to approve a timeline for the search. The measure passed on a 4-0 vote. District 4 member Patrick McCranie could not attend the meeting.

This week, the school board launched an electronic survey seeking public input from Lancaster citizens on what qualifications they would like to have in their new superintendent.

“Hiring a new superintendent is the biggest task facing a school board,” said chairman Alexander Fleet. “We want to make sure that the public has a voice in this process. We hope that parents, staff and residents will take time to fill out the survey and attend the public hearing.”

The survey is available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/lcpssupt, the school district homepage and the central office. January 15 is the deadline for completing the survey.

A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. January 15 in the media center at Lancaster Middle School, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock, to gather feedback from parents, citizens and community leaders on the selection of the superintendent.

The school board will accept applications from qualified candidates between January 20 and February 14. To qualify, candidates must hold or be eligible to hold a valid division superintendent license issued by the Virginia Board of Education.

A special post office box has been set up to secure and protect the identity of applicants. Applications from internal and external candidates should be addressed to Lancaster School Board, P.O. Box 112, Kilmarnock VA 22482.

Applications will be reviewed by the board and VSBA in a closed session on February 25. Interviews with qualified candidates are expected to begin around March 15 with the announcement of a new superintendent planned for April or May.

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