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Surry County (VA) Public Schools Superintendent Search

Job Type Superintendent
Member Organization Surry County
Status Current
Web Posting Start Date July 1, 2024
Closing Date July 26, 2024
Attachments Surry_Announcement_2024_FINAL.pdf

Surry County Public Schools Announcement of Superintendent Search


The School Board of Surry County Public Schools invites applications for the position of Superintendent.

The County
Surry County is a county in the southeastern part of the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2020 census, the population was 6,561. In 1652, Surry County was formed from the portion of James City County south of the James River. Surry has always been an agricultural community with a great deal of its 281 square miles producing peanuts, soybeans, wheat, cotton, corn and other grains. Cattle, dairy and hog farms have also flourished along with logging and timber harvesting enterprises. Within the borders of Surry County there are three incorporated Towns: Claremont, Dendron, and Surry.

The Division

Surry County Public Schools serves 697 students.

Mission: Building Excellence, One Student At A Time

Vision: Surry County Public Schools' vision is to provide a safe, healthy learning environment that prepares all students to be competitive and productive citizens in a highly and global society

Schools: Surry Elementary School (K-4); Luther Porter Jackson Middle School (5-8); Surry County High School (9-12)

The school division employs a total of 191 full-time staff members including both professional and support staff. The division has an on-time graduation rate of 95.6%.

The operating budget for Surry County Public Schools is $17,978,502.

More information about the school division can be found on their website at

Application Procedures

The board will receive applications from July 1, 2024 – July 26, 2024.

To apply, visit:


After seeking input from its Board members, parents, staff, students and community, the Surry County School Board seeks an educational leader with outstanding qualifications and characteristics, as reflected in the following profile:

  • Work experience in Virginia required.
  • Experience as a teacher is required.
  • Experience as a principal required.
  • Experience as an assistant superintendent or equivalent position is preferred.
  • An earned doctorate is preferred.
  • Areas of Expertise – A knowledge of basic law and legal principles including school safety laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; experience in strategic planning and continuous improvement; strong knowledge of curriculum and instruction.
  • Board-Superintendent Relations – Effectively mediates and accommodates different perspectives; understands differences between policy and administration; and considers initiatives and recommendations of the Board. The successful candidate provides multiple options and recommendations to the Board.
  • Climate and Culture – Cultivates a division-wide culture of safety, visibility, transparency, and accountability.
  • Community Relations – Effectively advocates school issues and needs, communicates effectively on both private and public levels; relates well to a variety of community groups and organizations.
  • Leadership and Management Skills – Visionary leader that is organized and creative; efficient with facilitating consensus among group; and a team player that is comfortable with shared decision-making and collaboration.
  • Personal Characteristics – Good listener and effective communicator, accessible, accountable, consistent, creative, discreet, flexible, empathetic, and patient.
  • School Community – Visible in all areas of the school community, including extracurricular events and opportunities. High community profile required.
  • School Safety – Knowledge of and experience in implementing and maintaining effective school safety measures.
  • School Finance – Extensive understanding of budget and finances with experience in working through budget challenges, evaluating cost effectiveness, advocates for school funding on behalf of the division at the local and state levels; and offers creative funding solutions.
  • Staff Relations Creates an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect; maintains open channels of communication with staff; experience in developing and implementing safety policies for a school division.
  • Key Priorities
    • Creating an inclusive environment that attracts new students and those previously homeschooled to the county, as well as valuing current staff and attracting new staff (STEM teachers) so that our student population can continue to grow and excel.
  • Education and Training
    • Teaching Experience required.
    • Experience as a Principal required.
    • An earned doctorate preferred.
  • Salary – Commensurate with experience and qualifications.
  • Expectations
    • Residency in Surry County preferred.
    • Strong record of success in the areas of instruction and curriculum addressing the needs of all students including those in special and gifted education programs.
    • Ability to create a climate and culture of mutual trust and respect by maintaining open channels of communication to and from staff, being visible in the schools, and encouraging staff development and professional growth.

Candidates must meet the legal requirements to be licensed or be eligible for licensure as a superintendent in Virginia. Questions concerning the eligibility requirement should be directed to the Office of Professional Licensure, State Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, VA 23218-2120, Telephone: (804) 371-2522.

Candidates should not contact school board members. Inquiries should be directed to Gina Patterson, Executive Director, Virginia School Boards Association, 200 Hansen Road, Charlottesville, VA 22911, (434)-295-8722 or

Equal Opportunity Employer