Richmond School Board unanimously votes to hire Jason Kamras as new superintendent

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond School Board voted unanimously to hire Jason Kamras as the school system’s new superintendent Monday night.

Kamras currently serves as the Transitional Chief of the Office of Equity at DC Public Schools (DCPS). He has also served as Chief of Instructional Practice and Chief of Human Capital for DCPS.

WASHINGTON – APRIL 20: Jason Kamras speaks after President Bush presented him with the 2005 Teacher of the Year award during a ceremony in the Rose Garden April 20, 2005 in Washington, DC. Kamras teaches math at Sousa Middle School in southeast Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Kamras began teaching in 1996 and was named the United States National Teacher of the Year in 2005.

Tommy Kranz has been serving as interim superintendent since Dr. Dana Bedden stepped down back in June. 

The school board hired Hazard, Young, Attea and Associated to serve as the search firm for Bedden’s replacement.

A 26-person search committee also helped to screen applicants and narrow down the list to three finalists.

There were no public forums with the finalists, but the school system did host public forms for parents and teachers to submit their desires for a new superintendent.

In May, 8News spoke to a parent who said he was hoping got someone with bold ideas.

“We truly need a head coach that’s bold and when I say bold (I mean) bold that’s going to look at the team, look at its coaching staff and say we are a losing program but we are going to change today,” said David Jones.

Mayor Levar Stoney expressed his approval of Kamras’ appointment Monday evening.

“Jason Kamras is a reform-minded, creative and innovative educator with a demonstrated commitment to public schools who is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and take on big challenges,” Mayor Stoney said. “I congratulate the Board on its choice, welcome Jason to our city and look forward to working with him to make things happen for our kids.”

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