Shenandoah County Board Seeks Input On Superintendent Hire

Posted: July 9, 2013

SHENANDOAH COUNTY - The Shenandoah County Public Schools administration is looking for input on the search for a new school superintendent.


Gary Rutz, chairman of the School Board, announced Monday that a public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday regarding the search.


The hearing will be held at the Shenandoah County Government Center, 600 N. Main St., Woodstock.


A survey that asks members of the public to choose which qualifications they value most in a superintendent is available online at  


The survey covers many facets that may be useful for someone in the position, including academic achievement and ability to communicate well with the public.


Rutz said “hiring a new superintendent is the biggest task facing a school board” and the results of the survey will be taken into account during the hiring process.


“We want to make sure that the public has a voice in this process,” he said.


The board is seeking to fill the vacancy left by Keith Rowland, who announced in May that he would be retiring in July after six years on the job.


Rowland earned a salary of $116,700 excluding benefits as superintendent, supervising more than 980 division employees and an enrollment of nearly 6,100 students.


Kevin Castner, superintendent for Albemarle County for 11 years before retiring, has been named interim superintendent until a permanent replacement is hired.


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