Superintendent search: Input meeting set for March 1


Henrico, Va., Feb. 23, 2018 – A March 1 meeting will give citizens a chance to interact with Henrico School Board members to discuss what they’d like to see in the school division’s next superintendent.

The 6:30 p.m. community input meeting at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School 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. The event is part of a process the Board adopted to gather input from community members, school families and staff members.

Community input meeting

When: March 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: L. Douglas Wilder Middle School, 6900 Wilkinson Road, Henrico, Va. 23227


The school division also continues to gather input through a survey, available through March 7. So far more than 3,000 people have completed the survey on the qualities and experience the Board should seek in a new superintendent. The anonymous survey takes about five minutes to complete and is available online in English and Spanish at It is also available by going to and looking under “Hot Topics.” A paper version of the survey is available in schools’ main offices. Surveys must be submitted before midnight on March 7.

The Board is working with the Virginia School Boards Association in the search process. The association will view individual surveys, but the Henrico School Board will only see the compiled survey results.

In addition to the March 1 gathering, the Board will hold a public input session at 6 p.m. on March 8 at the New Bridge Learning Center auditorium. 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.

The School Board has set a search timeline, with a target of having a new superintendent in place by July 1. Patrick C. Kinlaw, the division’s superintendent since 2014, has announced that he will retire June 30.

For more information and a complete timeline of the search process, go to and look under “Hot Topics.”

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