Staunton City Public Schools
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Contact: Angela Whitesell, School Board Chair
Dr. Steven Nichols will become Superintendent July 1.
The Staunton City School Board has named Dr. Steven Nichols as the new Superintendent of Staunton City Schools effective July 1. Nichols replaces Harry Lunsford who is retiring.
Nichols received his doctorate from the
"We are delighted to have Dr. Nichols come on board to lead our school system." said Ophie Kier, vice-chairman of the Staunton School Board. "We feel he will be a great asset to our community as well as to our schools."
The selection of Nichols culminates an extensive search process undertaken by the Staunton School Board. The process included surveying the public, a public hearing, and consultation with the Virginia School Boards Association. Ultimately the Board received 19 applications from persons in
The School Board then surveyed participating staff and used that input, and the extensive public input in their deliberations before selecting Nichols for the post.
"The responsibility of selecting a superintendent is, perhaps, the most important decision a School Board makes,” said School Board member Dr. Lee Hersch. “We were very fortunate to have had a number of good candidates to consider. We were guided in our decision by input from the entire community through more than 500 parent and community surveys, and from school division educators and administrators.”
Hersch said, "We emphasized the importance of finding a leader who could help create a vision for continuous improvement in
"We were particularly impressed that Dr. Nichols has gone to the schools in his current administrative post," Hersch said. "He visited the schools weekly to witness teaching and learning in the classroom.”
"Finally, we were looking for a consensus builder, someone who would help bring out the talents and teamwork in all our division's employees." Hersch said. "The Board feels Dr. Nichols meets these criteria.”
Nichols has made professional presentations to the National Middle School Association, the Virginia Department of Education, the Governor's Conference on Education, the Virginia School Board Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the American Association of School Administrators on topics including curriculum, student development, assessment and law. He has served as a consultant to many school systems in the eastern
Currently an adjunct faculty member at the
Nichols received the prestigious
In addition to his work with public education, Nichols holds a degree in American Civil War history, and conducts research into that period of history—a life-long interest that began in his college years while he was employed as a Park Ranger with the U.S. National Park Service.
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