Board approves new contract for superintendent

The Chesterfield County School Board unanimously approved a new contract for Superintendent Marcus J. Newsome during its meeting last week. The new contract totals $273,996 annually, including deferred and other compensation. It will run through June 30, 2017, and replaces a contract that was to expire June 30, 2015.

Dr. Newsome joined Chesterfield County Public Schools as superintendent in 2006. This is his fourth contract with the school division. The terms and compensation of the newest contract are consistent with Dr. Newsome’s most recent contract.

“Dr. Newsome has provided a steady hand, guiding our award-winning school division through a tough, turbulent time,” said School Board Chair David S. Wyman, who has often touted Dr. Newsome’s calm, steady and courageous leadership in the face of the financial recession that resulted in about $90 million in total cuts to Chesterfield County Public Schools. “You measure the strength of a strong leader in tough times, and Dr. Newsome has skillfully guided us through some extremely difficult times.”

As Chesterfield County Public Schools superintendent, Dr. Newsome oversees the fifth-largest school division in Virginia and the 67th-largest school division in the United States. He supervises the largest human resources operation in Chesterfield County, the largest catering operation in the county and the largest transportation fleet in the county.

Under Dr. Newsome’s leadership, student test scores and graduation rates have reached all-time highs. He has helped introduce creative, innovative initiatives that have earned the division numerous state and national awards. During his tenure, the school division has expanded its use of technology with the piloting of laptops and tablets in elementary, middle and high schools. The division has also significantly expanded social networking opportunities for students, employees and parents through Edmodo, Facebook, Twitter, Blackboard and Edline.

“The School Board has worked with Dr. Newsome to implement a variety of initiatives that have helped increase student achievement, ensure our schools are safe and supportive learning environments and increase two-way communication opportunities for our staff, parents and community members,” Wyman said.

Dr. Newsome said his responsibility is to raise the bar for all Chesterfield County students and to contribute to the well-being of students throughout the Richmond region. He has served as chair of the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, MathScience Innovation Center Board of Directors and Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium; chair-elect of Bridging Richmond; vice chair of the University of Virginia K-12 Advisory Council; and is a member of the Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond and Jobs for Virginia Graduates boards of directors.

Before coming to Chesterfield County, Dr. Newsome served as superintendent in Newport News, Va., and as a regional executive director in Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland.

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