CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Marcus J. Newsome announced Tuesday that the 2015-16 school year will be his last as Chesterfield County Public Schools’ superintendent.
Newsome announced his retirement, effective July 1, 2016, in a letter to the school board.
“For the past decade, I have been blessed beyond measure to serve as the educational leader for one of the most exceptional communities in America,” Newsome stated in the letter. “I have loved and cherished my work and the relationships built with our amazing students, teachers, staff, administrators, parents, faith leaders, business leaders and elected officials.”
Newsome, 62, has served as Chesterfield’s superintendent for 10 years, making him one of the longest tenured superintendents among the nation’s 100 largest school districts. He began his administrative career as an art and mathematics teacher in Prince George’s County (Maryland) and in the District of Columbia Public Schools.
This is not the same school division that I came to 10 years ago,” Newsome said. “During the depths of a national economic recession, operational and capital funding for our schools was slashed by almost $250 million.”
Newsome said in his letter than he privately informed School Board members of his intentions to retire last year. He decided to make a public announcement on Tuesday to “give the board an opportunity to engage the community in a rigorous and collaborative process that will attract and lead to the hiring of the best new superintendent in the country.”