New Kent superintendent Myers to step down, takes position at Department of Education

Staff Writer

New Kent County Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. David Myers will step down in April to take a position with the Virginia Department of Education.

Myers will assume the role of assistant superintendent of data; his last day as New Kent superintendent will be April 24, according to Myers.

Myers became New Kent superintendent in 2014. In his 24 years working in education, Myers said this is the hardest decision he’s ever had to make.

“This was a really tough decision for me. I have truly loved being a part of this community. I think I have really established myself as a integral part of the community and schools. The people here are just so amazing and I really have enjoyed my five years here.”

The new position is different than anything he’s done before, Myers said.

“I will oversee all of the data information for all 132 school divisions and 1.2 million students,” Myers said. “As well as research and implement programs to help improve schools.”

Myers said there have been several initiatives he has worked on and seen success with since he started.

“One of the biggest ones I’m proud of is access to higher-level courses,” Myers said. “AP and dual-enrollment classes, allowing students in a smaller, rural school division to have the same opportunities.”

Myers said he also worked to bring 21st-century learning to New Kent.

“When I started, I felt like we were still using a lot of textbooks. We looked at our instructional framework, added the 1:1 (one student to one computer) initiative, implemented a new online learning management platform and just focused on preparing kids for the workforce and life in the 21st century.”

Other accomplishments Myers said he is proud of include creating student-centered dynamic learning, implementing a career-college-life readiness plan and updating the division’s school safety and crisis response plans.

One of Myers’ recent accomplishments was securing 15 acres in Quinton for the construction of a new elementary school.

“I was very much looking forward to building this school, but I do feel good on where I’ve gotten the division in that process,” Myers said.

New Kent County School Board Chairwoman Sarah Barber said Myers has done a great job since he started five years ago.

“Right off the bat he established an instructional framework that encompassed all grade levels and classrooms,” she said. “Part of it includes integration of technology to support instructional framework and it’s bringing our students into the 21st century.”

Barber said Myers has also increased opportunities for graduates to reach their full potential, whether their choice after graduation be the workforce, technical school or college.

“Dr. Myers has built a personal relationship with the community and students and cares deeply about advancing our division,” Barber said. “The School Board was responsible for choosing him and we will select the next superintendent to hopefully be just as great as he has been.”

The School Board plans to fill the position by July 1, according to Barber.

“While searching for a new superintendent with the assistance of the Virginia School Boards Association, we will be searching for an interim superintendent,” Barber said. “The interim will likely be a retired superintendent from outside the division and serve from April 25 to June 30.”

A online public survey for parents and members of the community to provide input in the search is available on the school division’s website homepage, or directly at surveymonkey.com/r/NewKentSearch. Paper copies are also available at the School Board administration offices and all three schools, according to Barber.

The board will have a public meeting at 6 p.m. March 20 to gather public input, and an open meeting at 11 a.m. March 22 at the School Board office with representatives from the Virginia School Board Association to discuss the process.

Candidates for the position can see the online job posting by the Virginia School Board Association; the application process opens March 25 and closes April 21, according to Barber and School Board clerk Mila Hall.

The School Board office is at 12003 New Kent Highway, New Kent.

Luck can be reached at 757-291-2038, aluck@tidewaterreview.com or @ashleyrluck on Twitter

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