, 2015

School superintendent candidates
to be interviewed at public forum

Spears withdraws

by Audrey Thomasson

KILMARNOCK—The hunt for Lancaster County’s next school superintendent is down to two finalists, announced school board chairman Dr. Robert Westbrook at Monday’s meeting of the board.

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A forum during which the public can meet and question the two candidates is planned for 6:30 p.m. May 1 in the auditorium at Lancaster Middle School.

The choice is a critical one for the school district, which endured several years of controversy as a result of the last superintendent selection, according to school officials. As a result, Westbrook set up a citizen committee headed by Richmond Forum director Bill Chapman to involve the public in the process this time around.

The committee originally set up a second forum for school employees in the afternoon, but the board decided it would take up too much time and will combine it with the evening session, Westbrook said. Chapman’s committee is also reviewing the online survey taken in February concerning qualifications the public wants in a superintendent, he added.

The board advertised the position based on selected qualifications and received 15 applications. With the help of the Virginia School Board Association, the list was narrowed to six candidates who have been interviewed over the past two weeks.

Acting superintendent Sandy Spears, considered by many to be a front runner for the position, announced Monday she has withdrawn her application in order to be available to her son’s family after learning he is being deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines.

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