Gloucester School Board picks superintendent search firm

The Virginia School Boards Association has been awarded a contract for $10,500 plus expenses by the Gloucester School Board to aid in its search for a superintendent to replace the retiring Ben Kiser.

The School Board voted on the contract at a special meeting on Thursday. The School Board is also seeking the public's opinions on a new superintendent's qualifications and qualities through a survey.

The survey can be accessed online at and the link is also available on the school system's website.

Copies of the survey are available at the Thomas Calhoun Walker Education Center, each county school and both branches of the county library. Parents can request the school send the survey home with their child by calling the school their child attends, said a spokeswoman for the school system.

Surveys should be completed and dropped off at any school by March 19.

The School Board will also hold two public hearings on the superintendent's search. The first is Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the School Board's monthly meeting in the Thomas Calhoun Walker Education Center. The second is March 19 at the Abingdon Elementary School library at 7 p.m.

The School Board will hold a special meeting on March 20 at 5 p.m. in the Thomas Calhoun Walker Education Center auditorium to review the survey results and determine the criteria and qualifications to be used in the superintendent's search. The meeting is open to the public.

Questions about the search should be directed to Gina Patterson, executive director of the Virginia School Board Association, at 804-446-8722.

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