New Superintendent Imminent

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

December 1, 2005

For months now, Albemarle county schools have been searching for a new superintendent. The Albemarle County School Board has narrowed its search and will soon have its new leader.

On June 14th, Dr. Kevin Castner announced his retirement after 10 years of service with the Albemarle County Schools. Next Friday will be the announcement of who is to fill his shoes.

"It's down to the finalists and we are doing our due diligence and checking out references," said Albemarle School Board Chairman Gordon Walker.

Walker says the Board is only a week away from announcing a new Superintendent of schools. Since June, the Board and the Virginia School Boards Association have been searching nationwide for a replacement. Last month, that list became seven finalists, and on December 9, it will be one.

"We know who our selection is competed against the best and we selected the best," Walker said.

Castner's retirement goes into effect December 31st and they wanted everything in line for that date. More importantly, they were searching for someone who could successfully guide the school district into the future.

"Somebody that could make certain that they agreed to what our strategic goals were and that they showed the ability to even take this district to greater heights," said Walker.

The board is still negotiating contractual obligations with the new Superintendent. Once solidified, we will learn when he or she will begin work. In the meantime, Dr. Pam Moran will continue as the interim superintendent.

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