FCPS Seeks to Know What Residents Want in New Superintendent

by Jennifer van der Kleut January 5, 2017 at 10:15 am 4 Comments

fcps-logoAs Fairfax County Public Schools heats up the search for a new superintendent, officials are launching a major campaign to find out what qualities locals most want in their new head of schools.

FCPS’ previous superintendent, Dr. Karen Garza tendered her resignation in September and closed out her tenure in December. She took a job as the CEO of an Ohio education nonprofit, even though she had recently signed a four-year contract extension.

Now, FCPS has hired the firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates to conduct a formal search for Garza’s replacement. Dr. Steven Lockard, who had been the district’s deputy superintendent, is serving as interim superintendent.

As part of its search, HYA announced this week it will hold a series of 10 community forums to encourage local residents to voice their opinions.

“[We want to] allow Fairfax County residents to share their ideas and feedback on the characteristics they are seeking in a new superintendent,” representatives from the district and HYA said.

The closest forum to Reston will take place Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. in the Herndon Council Chambers.

The complete schedule of meetings is as follows:

  • Monday,  Jan. 9, 1 p.m., Gatehouse Administration Center, room 1600, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church
  • Monday,  Jan. 9, 7 p.m., South County High School, 8501 Silverbrook Road, Lorton
  • Tuesday, Jan. 10, 12:30 p.m., Virginia Hills Center Library, 6520 Diana Lane, Alexandria
  • Wednesday, Jan. 11, noon, Providence District Office and Community Center, multipurpose room 2, 3001 Vaden Drive, Fairfax
  • Wednesday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m., Mount Vernon High School Little Theater, 8515 Old Mount Vernon Road, Alexandria
  • Tuesday, Jan. 17, 11 a.m., Herndon Council Chambers, 765 Lynn Street, Herndon
  • Tuesday, Jan. 17, 1 p.m., Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke
  • Tuesday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m., Stuart High School Little Theater, 3301 Peace Valley Lane, Falls Church
  • Tuesday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m., Chantilly High School Lecture Hall, 4201 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly
  • Wednesday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m., Langley High School Auditorium, 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean

In addition, a survey is expected to be launched on the district’s website Monday.


  • Ming the Merciless

    We want someone who won’t hold band, sports, and immersion hostage every time FCPS wants more money.

  • Fairfax Watcher

    Why must the FCPS Board spend big money for a USA search?? Its time for the FCPS board to hire a non-educator!!
    However, if Dr. Lockard wants the job why not give him first choice? If he is good enough to be the Deputy let him be the sheriff!!

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Unless there’s reason to believe that the Asst. is incompetent or not interested, why not look at the interim?

  • Arielle in NoVA

    We want someone who values arts, music, language programs, science, math, and GT/AAP and won’t cut those every time someone fails to balance the budget.

    We want someone who will start leveled math in KG/1 instead of making the kids wait until late ES – by that time, most kids who’d like more of a challenge have gotten bored and frustrated. Leveled reading starts right away in ES; leveled math should too.

    We want someone who will value GT/AAP enough that kids in pull-out programs (who may have stayed in their base school for a language immersion program or other special program, or just to stay in their neighborhood school, rather than going to a GT/AAP center) don’t have to miss math and science or, frankly, any core or enrichment class, or recess, to go to their GT/AAP pull-out. My kids had to miss pretty much everything at one time or another. Instead, make this a project period for everyone. The GT/AAP kids work together; the other kids work together. Nobody misses any classes.


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