December 9, 2005
After five months of searching near and wide, the Albemarle County school board has chosen its next superintendent. Their choice comes as no surprise as they pick someone very familiar with this area and its schools.
The Albemarle County school board appointed acting superintendent Dr. Pam Moran as the next superintendent for Albemarle county public schools. Her job officially begins January 1, 2006.
"It was a national search to find the best of the best, and that search ends today," said Albemarle County School Board Chair Gordon Walker.
After weighing 20 strong applicants and interviewing seven qualified candidates the Albemarle County school board announced their choice for the next superintendent.
"I move that the school board appoint Dr. Pamela Moran as the division superintendent," said a board member.
"I have to tell you that it was one of those make my days kind of days in my life," said Moran.
Members of the school board say Moran easily rose to the top of their list.
"Pam of course is very familiar with our school system, is very familiar with our strategic plan, but aside from that she really was the strongest candidate," said School Board member Diantha McKeel
Moran joined the Albemarle County school division in 1986. She's been a teacher, a principal, a director of curriculum and instruction and most recently assistant superintendent.
"She is an educator. She was the director of instruction for the county. She knows teaching and its going to benefit our students," said president of the Albemarle Education Association, Tracey Saxon.
Since Dr. Kevin Castner announced his retirement in June, Moran has been filling his shoes as acting superintendent.
"I felt like... I was being assessed by them all the time this fall. So to come out on top says to me that not only did they like what I did during the interview process, but they also saw my work as acting superintendent as validating their decision," Moran explained.
Moran says that the biggest challenge that the Albemarle County Schools face is the elimination of the achievement gap, and that will be a priority when her new job begins.