EDITORIAL: High hopes for our two new school superintendents


School boards in Northampton and Accomack counties each hired new school superintendents in the past six months. They have big jobs ahead. We have high hopes for their impact on our communities. 

While magic happens daily in every classroom on the Eastern Shore, learning losses from the COVID-19 pandemic have challenged every school system. A lack of workforce housing makes recruiting new educators difficult. Our new school leaders will be on the vanguard of finding creative, impactful solutions for these issues. 

The realities of public education, always in flux, are changing even more rapidly. Our schools have an increasing population of immigrants and special education students. The new superintendents will take special care to ensure everyone, from every background, has an opportunity for a first-class education.

Offerings for high school students should continue to blossom with even more college credit courses and workforce credentials available. Few school systems in the country have amenities like the NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Virginia Space in their backyards. Our new superintendents will develop Wallops internships and programming for students.

A superintendent is a face-of-the-system leader. Our new superintendents will be exceptionally well-connected to our business and civic community, securing partnerships and generating goodwill, one handshake at a time.

Finally, our superintendents will be master motivators — of educators, staffs, students, parents, and communities. They will be change agents and thought leaders, knowledgable about cutting-edge trends. Their enthusiasm will be genuine and infectious. Their words and actions will increase the public esteem in our school systems. 

We look forward to seeing their impressive results. 

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