Hanover accepting applications for new superintendent

By Ben Garbarek - bio | email

ASHLAND, VA (WWBT) - If you have experience as a school administrator, there's a job you might be interested in applying for. Hanover County is now taking applications for a new school superintendent.

The county will be accepting applications from now until March 26th and hope to have someone hired by early May. Consultants were hired to find out what people were looking for in a new superintendent. We asked the same question today and most people we spoke to have high expectations.

Whoever takes over as the new superintendent of Hanover County schools has big shoes to fill. Current Superintendent Stewart Roberson is retiring and many of the people we spoke to Thursday agree with Pete Taylor - they want someone else just like Roberson.

"An awful lot of people move to Hanover County because of the schools system," Taylor said.  "(That) speaks very highly for the job he's done. If we could continue with as great of a superintendent as we've had, we'd be right on the money."

The county will start interviewing possible candidates next month and hope to hire someone by early May. When asked what was most important, most people, not surprisingly, say experience is key.

"Needless to say you need someone experienced in the school system," Taylor said. "I don't think an outsider could step in and do a job like that. I think you have to learn the ropes and come up there through it to be qualified to do that."

Norman Parker has a third grader and another child about to start kindergarten. He says he also would like to see someone already within the Hanover County to be promoted to the school system's top job.

"Local is another key factor because they know the school system," Parker said. "They know the resources we have in the area. It'd be a lot easier for them to work and do what they need to do."

While parents have certain expectations, Jake Stanley, a senior at Patrick Henry High School, says a lot of students don't even know about the search.

"The parents are more into it than the students are," Stanley said.

Whoever is hired is expected to start July 1st.

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