VBCPS names Beach native superintendent of schools

VBCPS names Beach native superintendent of schools

Dr. Aaron Spence

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 17 at 7:40 PM

UPDATE DEC. 17:  The Virginia Beach School Board ended its five-month search for a new superintendent, appointing Dr. Aaron Spence to the post Tuesday.

Spence is currently superintendent of education for Moore County Public Schools in Carthage, N.C.

"The opportunity to come home and serve the schools in the community I grew up in was certainly important to me. Virginia Beach is a strong school system with an impressive track record of achievement. I look forward to building on its successes and working with staff and the community to address its challenges," Spence said.

According to a release from VBCPS, Spence is a 19-year veteran of public education. He has led Moore County Public Schools since February 2012. During his tenure he and his staff worked strategically to improve the school district's End of Grade proficiency scores. His work paid off. The school system moved up considerably in state rankings, from 43rd to 22nd. Moore County Public Schools has 23 schools and serves 13,000 students.

Spence will assume his new duties on or before July 1.

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Virginia Beach City Public Schools is in negotiations with a candidate for superintendent and an announcement could be made as early as Tuesday, officials said.

Board Chair Dan Edwards said he hopes the school board will be able to make the announcement at Tuesday's meeting.

After the board names the new superintendent they will then vote to accept the contract.

"We have made a decision on the candidate, but if we can't reach an agreement on contract we will go to our next candidate. I say it's 50-50 chance right now we will come to a decision tomorrow." Edwards said."

The biggest sticking point with the new contract is money and benefits for the new superintendent, Edwards said.  

"We want a great individual, but we are spending taxpayer dollars and we're going to be careful what we provide," Edwards said.

The former superintendent, Dr. Jim Merrill made more than  $200,000.
 

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