Chesterfield County School Board seeks community input as search for new superintendent begins

The Chesterfield County School Board invites you to complete a survey to help with our search for the next superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools. This survey will be open through Feb. 12.
Community Survey

The Chesterfield County School Board has hired BWP & Associates to conduct a national search for the next superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools. BWP & Associates representatives Dr. Kevin Castner and Dr. Wayne Harris attended a recent School Board meeting to discuss the search and selection process.

BWP & Associates has conducted a number of superintendent searches in Virginia during the past few years, recently leading a superintendent search for Hanover County Public Schools. The national search firm will seek a successor to Dr. Marcus Newsome, who announced in the fall that he would retire at the end of the 2015-16 school year.

The search will include a lengthy period for public input, including a survey available to all residents and a number of community forums.

“Community engagement is a critical first step in identifying our next leader,” School Board Chair Carrie Coyner said. “There is no more important decision we will make than selecting the right superintendent for our school division. We need the community to share with us what characteristics and qualities are important to them in a leader. From there, we will work with BWP & Associates to identify the right match.”

An online survey will be available at mychesterfieldschools.com from mid-December through January. Details will be announced soon.

A series of community forums and meetings with individual stakeholder groups will be held as well. The tentative schedule for community meetings is

  • 7 p.m. Jan. 19: Matoaca District at Manchester High School
  • 7 p.m. Jan. 19: Clover Hill and Midlothian districts at Clover Hill High School
  • 7 p.m. Jan. 20: Bermuda District at Carver Middle School
  • 7 p.m. Jan. 20: Dale District at Meadowbrook High School

Information gathered from the online survey and stakeholder meetings will help create a leadership profile. This profile will help the search firm

  • learn strengths and needs of Chesterfield County Public Schools to recruit the best candidates
  • be able to describe the opportunities provided by the school division to potential candidates
  • engage the community to build support for the search

“Our schools are community schools; each person has a role to play in our success,” Coyner said. “We invite all residents to share their thoughts about the future of Chesterfield County Public Schools.”