The Chesterfield County School Board announced last week that it intended to appoint former Middlesex County School Superintendent Donald “Rusty” Fairheart as Chesterfield County Public Schools’ interim superintendent during a special-called meeting Tuesday, May 29.
Fairheart will replace James Lane, who is leaving to become the state superintendent of public instruction. Lane has been in the post since July 1, 2016.
Fairheart has served as Chesterfield County Public Schools’ chief of staff with oversight of day-to-day operations since joining the school division in 2016. Prior to joining the school division, he was executive director for the multijurisdictional Southeastern Cooperative Education Program in Norfolk. Fairheart served as superintendent in Middlesex County from 2007 to 2011.
“The school board is excited to have a leader with Mr. Fairheart’s credentials ready to continue our important work,” school board chair John Erbach said in a press release. “Since joining us, Mr. Fairheart has immersed himself in our school division’s efforts, and we have full confidence in his ability to close out the current school year strong and continue preparations for the 2018-19 school year.”
“I am humbled to be chosen to lead a school division already recognized as a state and national leader in public education,” Fairheart said. “Every day, my primary focus will be on how we can best support each student and every staff member in our award-winning school division. Serving as chief of staff has allowed me to work closely with the school board, and I am keenly aware of the expectations our community has for this school division.”