VIRGINIA BEACH -- Dr. Aaron Spence assumed his rule as superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools Monday.
As superintendent, he oversees the operation of 86 schools -- serving almost 69,000 students -- as well as all administrative support functions for the school division.
“This is a strong school system with an impressive track record of achievement. I look forward to working with the students, staff, parents and community of Virginia Beach City Public Schools to build on that tradition,” he notes.
Welcome to our new supt, Dr. Aaron Spence, on his first day on the job! You can follow him @BeachSupe!— vbschools (@vbschools) June 23, 2014
13News Now caught up with Dr. Spence on Tuesday. He explained what he'll focus on as soon as he clocks-in on June 23.
"I'm going to listen, I'm going to do a lot of listening and a lot of learning. My priorities are that we stay focused on student learning and that I get out and meet our community, meet our teachers our leaders and understand what their hopes and concerns are for our future," he said
Dr. Spence is a graduate of Green Run High School in Virginia Beach. He began his career as a French teacher and photojournalism teacher.
He returned to Virginia from having served most recently as superintendent of Moore County Public Schools in North Carolina. Before his service in Moore County, Dr. Spence was chief high school officer of the Houston Independent School District (HISD), the eighth largest school district in the country.
Follow him on Twitter @BeachSupe