December 9, 2005
Albemarle County's search for a new school superintendent is coming to an end. Friday the school board will announce who will replace retiring superintendent Kevin Castner.
After 11 years as head of Albemarle County schools, Kevin Castner attended his last school board meeting on Thursday. While many were saying goodbye, others couldn't help but wonder who might be replacing Castner.
"We wish you the very best regardless of what road you choose to travel and thank you very much, Kevin," said School Board Chair Gordon Walker.
An emotional goodbye tonight to the man who in the last 11 years has raised Albemarle County schools to a new level.
"Eleven years ago when he started, the system was in disarray," said Board Member Steven Kolezar.
Over the years, Castner estimates he's been to over 275 school board meetings and Thursday he sat at the board table for the last time.
"I felt as enthusiastic tonight as I did the very first board meeting," said Castner.
In an emotional farewell, he handed each board member a book as a parting gift.
"Certainly its emotional, a lot people loved working with him. We have a school board that's learned a lot from Kevin," said Walker.
Lessons they hope to continue as they announce who will replace Castner tomorrow.
"I think we'll have high expectations of our new superintendent because we had high expectations of Kevin and he delivered," said Castner.
The board is keeping their choice for the new superintendent a secret. But many people we spoke with off camera say they hope its acting superintendent Dr. Pam Moran.
"We've received a lot of very favorable recommendations and references for Dr. Moran and she was one of many of the candidates that we had and tomorrow afternoon people are going to find out who our choice was," said Walker.
The announcement will be made Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Albemarle County office building on McIntyre Road.