The Henrico School Board has begun the process of hiring a new superintendent for the school division, and the public will be a big part of the search. A superintendent makes crucial day-to-day leadership decisions on school programs, staffing, spending and facilities. What qualities should the Board seek in a new school leader? What areas of expertise should the person have? We need the input of families, Henrico Schools staff and members of the community.

The Board held a community input meeting on the search March 1 at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School and a public input session March 8 at the New Bridge Learning Center following the School Board’s regular work session. The Board hopes to have a new superintendent in place by July 1. A general timeline of important dates for the search:

  • Feb. 14 to March 7: Board members meet with PTA groups and school faculties by request.
  • March 1, 6:30-8 p.m.: Community input meeting (L. Douglas Wilder Middle School, 6900 Wilkinson Road, Henrico). The meeting will start with a brief introduction, after which attendees will break into small groups and meet with their district’s School Board representative. After the group meetings, everyone will gather again to share their group’s thoughts among all attendees before the meeting concludes. Results of March 1, 2018 Community Input Meeting
  • March 7: Survey deadline. The survey was open from Feb. 15 until March 7. 3,729 responses were received. Thank you to everyone who took time to share your thoughts! To review the full survey results, click here.
  • March 8, 6 p.m.: Public input session (New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico). The session will take place after the Board’s regularly scheduled work session. Citizens will have four minutes to address the Board from the podium at the public input session. Citizens can sign up ahead of time by contacting Debbie Ward, clerk of the School Board, at or at 804-652-3808. However, signing up in advance is not required.
  • March 9, 9-11 a.m.: Board meets to establish position qualifications (New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico).
  • March 13: Board provides position qualifications to Virginia School Boards Association.
  • March 15 to April 10: Candidates submit applications.
  • April 18, 11 a.m.: Board meets with Virginia School Boards Association in closed session at New Bridge Learning Center.
  • April/May: Interviews with candidates.
  • May/June: New superintendent announced.
  • July 1: Anticipated start date of new superintendent.