NN School Board announces superintendent search

Posted: May 8, 2023

The Newport News School Board announced that it will begin the process of hiring a new superintendent to join them in the mission of ensuring that all students graduate college, career and citizen-ready. The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has been selected to assist the board in the search for the next highly qualified leader for the school division.

The community's voice was instrumental in defining leadership characteristics and qualifications of the next superintendent of NNPS. The School Board held four public hearings and administered a public survey to gather input.

"Hiring a new superintendent is the most important task a school board will engage in and this is a responsibility that we take very seriously," said School Board Chair Lisa Surles-Law. "We are seeking a highly qualified leader to move the school division forward by accelerating academic achievement and improving the climate and culture across the school division while ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff."

Superintendent Search Application Information

After seeking input from its Board members, parents, staff, students and community, the Newport News School Board seeks an educational leader with outstanding qualifications and characteristics:

  • Experience as a principal is required.
  • Experience as a teacher is strongly preferred.
  • Experience working at the director level or higher is required.
  • Experience as an assistant superintendent or equivalent position is preferred.
  • Highly qualified candidates will have prior Superintendent experience.
  • An earned doctorate is required.

The successful candidate will have evidence of significant accomplishment within a comparably demanding public school setting.

Click here for more information on the Superintendent application.

Newport News School Board Superintendent Search Timeline

  • March 22, 2023
    Announcement to the public of Superintendent Search

  • April 13, 2023 (6:00 p.m.)
    Public Hearing at Menchville High School

  • April 17, 2023 (6:00 p.m.)
    Public Hearing at Woodside High School

  • April 20, 2023 (5:30 p.m.)
    NNPS Staff Public Hearing at Warwick High School

  • April 22, 2023 (10 a.m.)
    Public Hearing at Heritage High School

  • April 23, 2023
    Deadline for Surveys

  • April 25, 2023
    Board Meets to establish qualifications

  • April 26, 2023
    Provide established qualifications to VSBA

  • May 1 - May 26, 2023
    Receive applications

  • June 7, 2023 (4 p.m.)
    Second meeting with the VSBA

  • June 12-27, 2023
    Interviews with candidates

  • August/September 2023
    Announcement of person selected