Community Responds to Online Survey about Hopes for Next Superintendent

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

WAYNESBORO -- The search is on for a new superintendent in the Waynesboro school system, but before the school board can make any decisions, they need to know what type of person parents, students and teachers want to fill the position of Dr. Robin Crowder, the current superintendent.

People sent in more than 200 submissions to an online survey. Many of those who responded are teachers in the school system.

People said they preferred qualities like integrity, having a doctorate and experience in teaching and an administrative office. Many want the next superintendent to be from Virginia. They also want that person to live in Waynesboro.

Doug Norcross, a school board member, said he wants someone who can get along with city council. The two organizations have battled over budget concerns in the past.

“We don't feel we own that debt service, that's the city's responsibility. They disagree,” said Norcross, “It's getting kind of old in the negotiations now, we've got the same talking points. Maybe a new person could shed a little newer light on that.”

Members of the school board hope the new superintendent is hired by July 1st. They expect to get more than 1500 applications.


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