Superintendent Dr. Carol Fenn reflects on retirement decision

Dr. Carol Smith Fenn, Superintendent of Rockingham County Public Schools
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - After nearly a decade in the position, the superintendent of Rockingham County Schools announced on Monday, Sept. 26, her plans to retire at the end of the academic year.

"The last ten years here in Rockingham County have really been a highlight and an amazing adventure," said Dr. Carol Fenn.

Dr. Fenn, who came to the district after serving as Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Interim Superintendent for Shenandoah County, said she was proud of her accomplishments.

"The most enjoyable part is to help someone, whether a teacher or a principal, find something within themselves to become an even better leader," said Dr. Fenn.

During her tenure, the school system underwent a county-wide redistricting, introduced a five-year digital conversion plan and introduced STEM education.

She will complete her service as superintendent at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year on June 30, 2017.

Dr. Fenn said she was unsure of her plans post retirement.

"I think it's great sometimes just to step back and breath and think about what your options might be," said Dr. Fenn. "It may be something relaxing, it may be more time with family or it could be even something that's professional. We have numerous colleges in the community and lots of education opportunities."

According to Dr. Fenn, the search process for a new superintendent would start as soon as the school board meeting in October.

She said the county would want someone willing to immerse themselves in the community.

"The new superintendent will want to garner support with the county leaders and with the school board and all the stakeholders. There's tremendous support here that can support our schools and our efforts and initiatives that are happening."

Dr. Fenn is one of the longest-serving current division superintendents in the region, according to the school district.

You can read much more about what the school district has accomplished under Fenn's leadership in the Related Documents of this article.