February 8, 2006
Leaders in the Charlottesville education community took a huge step into the future of our city's schools Wednesday afternoon.
The Charlottesville City School Board announced the name of their new superintendent.
The new superintendent is Rosa Atkins, the Assistant Superintendent of Caroline County Schools, headquartered in Bowling Green, Virginia. Things are calm now at Charlottesville High School now, but the walls could talk, they'd tell you there was sheer excitement inside the school around noon on Wednesday.
There she is, Rosa Atkins, walking outside Charlottesville High School as a candidate for Superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools.
"Good morning! How are you," asked Rosa Atkins while walking by Newsplex reporter Venton Blandin.
While she, along with other school officials already had an idea of who would be chosen, the decision was not official until a vote.
"It's unanimous with seven 'I's, and the motion carries," said Julie Gronlund, Chairwoman of the Charlottesville City School Board as the votes were tallied.
"It is a great honor for me, to introduce our next Superintendent of City Schools, Mrs. Rosa Atkins," added Gronlund.
Rosa Atkins comes from Caroline County as second in command for a division serving six schools. A self-described ace with her talent for quilting, Atkins says it is skills which already exist in Charlottesville, that will improve the division.
"I've learned it is important to use the experiences, the knowledge, and the skills of those individuals who are already in place in order to move a division forward," said Rosa Atkins, the new Superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools.
Atkins has worked in many capacities as an educator, ranging from classroom teacher to administrator, over the last 25 years. While the search for Charlottesville's chief started last summer, it ended Wednesday morning with a unanimous vote.
"The breathe of her experience is great, and has prepared her well to work in this school division where we do have such a diverse student body," said Gronlund.
"I'm excited. I think the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead are thrilling. I look forward to embracing those."
The Caroline County School Board acknowledges Atkins' letter of resignation, but says they'll have to approve the resignation before it becomes effective.
The school board in Caroline County could approve the resignation at their meeting Monday, February 13, 2006.