, 2015

School board names
Parker superintendent

by Audrey Thomasson

KILMARNOCK—The Lancaster school board on Monday voted 4-0 to hire Steven Parker as the new superintendent.

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Steven Parker

Parker will take his place as head of Lancaster public schools on July 1. He replaces Dr. Daniel Lukich who was released on January 6 and current acting superintendent Sandy Spears.

Parker is the principal at Cedar Lee Middle School in Bealeton and is the 2013 recipient of Virginia Association’s Secondary School Principal of the year. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he began his teaching career in special education and was an assistant high school principal before serving as principal at the middle school for nine years.

Parker was one of 15 applicants for superintendent. With the assistance of the Virginia School Board Association, board members narrowed the field and interviewed the top six candidates. Two finalists were presented to the community in a public forum on May 1. Feedback from the forum was reviewed by the board.

“We’re all thrilled and looking forward to working with Mr. Parker,” said school board chairman Dr. Robert Westbrook. “He will be good with this school system. He’s got a great background, but it was also his enthusiasm, caring, personality and drive. He’s going to be gung-ho.”

Details of the contract were not released because it is currently under review by school board attorney D. Patrick Lacy and Parker’s attorney, according to Westbrook.

District 3 member Don McCann made the motion to hire Parker. The vote was 4-0. District 4 member Patrick McCranie could not attend the meeting, but other board members indicated he supported Parker as well.

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