Award Winning Georgia Educator Dr. Samuel T. King Takes on the Challenges of the Norfolk Virginia Public Schools in July

Dr. Samuel T. King

 According to the Virginian Pilot news, Dr. Samuel King former superintendent of the Rockdale County School in Conyers, Georgia will begin leading the troubled Norfolk Virginia Public Schools on July 2, 2012 with a four year contract.

According to the Virginian pilot news and the Rockdale County News the Norfolk Public Schools has gone through turmoil in recent years with a test score manipulation scandal two years ago, the closing of two schools and elimination about 600 positions due to budget cuts in the last several years, and the termination of a recently hired superintendent, according to the Virginian-Pilot. The previous superintendent was terminated in November last year; the current search, which began in December, received about 75 applicants. Houston declined to disclose the other two finalists or the seven candidates on the short list.

The Norfolk school system reportedly has the fourth-highest dropout rate in Virginia, 15.7 percent, and an on-time graduation rate of 73.6 percent. Out of 35 schools, 10 schools missed full state accreditation and the school system has not met Adequate Yearly Progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

According to a spokesperson, the system has approximately 33,500 students, 4,200 full time employees, 46 schools, and an operating budget of about $290.5 million in 2011-2012. The student body is about 62 percent black, 22 percent white, 6 percent Hispanic. About 65 percent of the student population is eligible for free and reduced lunch.

Rockdale County Public Schools has about 16,000 students and 18 schools (excluding non-traditional schools), with a student population that’s about 60 percent black, 21 percent white, 12 percent hispanic. About 64 percent of students are eligible for free and reduced lunch. The operating budget for 2011-2012 is about $127 million. RCPS recently made AYP for the sixth year in a row.

RCPS had a 2011 on-time graduation rate of 66.2 percent, under the new calculation method. Under the previous Leaver-rate calculation method, it had recorded a graduation rate of 86 percent in 2011.

King is in his sixth year as RCPS superintendent and was named 2011 Georgia  Superintendent of the Year, after being a finalist for the past three years. Prior to Rockdale, he spent 10 years in administrative positions in the Clayton County school system and began his 27-year education career as a math and science teacher.

We congratulate  Dr. Samuel King. He is a steadfast educator who has worked hard to advance himself from the classroom to earn many regional and national awards for his educational vision and leadership. The very best to him. Please look him up east coast readership and network and lend your well deserved support.

Dr King’s Bio

Rockdale news

The Virginian- Pilot

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