Friday deadline approaching for school board survey on superintendent search

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During its March 22 meeting, the Page County School Board decided to survey the community about the qualities and traits that they would like to see in their next superintendent for Page County Public Schools.

The survey includes a series of multiple choice questions that are required (in order to submit the survey), as well as a series of optional open-ended questions in which participants may fill in their own answers. The survey takes only a few minutes to complete.

The survey is completely anonymous and may be found at:

The deadline to complete the survey is 6 p.m., April 9, 2021.

According to a letter posted to the community by PCPS School Board Chairman Jason Breeden, “a similar survey was created for the staff of Page County Public Schools to allow for their input. The staff survey is now underway and will be completed just before the deadline for the community survey. The information from the two surveys will be analyzed and used to compile the profile of the new superintendent.”

A webpage has been created to keep the public apprised of the progress in selecting the next superintendent of PCPS. Updates, survey results and information from the school board will be posted here

In mid-January, Dr. Wendy Gonzalez announced that she would be leaving Page County Schools at the end of the school year, effective June 30. That completes her three-year contract that began on July 1, 2018.

In both 2012 and 2018, the local school board partnered with the Virginia School Board Association to find a new superintendent — producing Dr. Donna Power in 2012, and Dr. Wendy Gonzalez in 2018. When Dr. Power resigned in August 2014, the local school board looked internally and hired within, unanimously approving Donna Whitley-Smith as superintendent of schools. Smith signed a three-year deal running through 2017, and then received a one-year renewal.

The school board is looking to enter a contract with a new superintendent by July 1.



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