New Beach superintendent marks first day with visits to 7 schools

Posted at 3:35 PM, Sep 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-02 15:35:41-04

It was the first day back to school for students today and also the first day for the new superintendent of Virginia Beach Public Schools — Dr. Aaron Spence.

Dr. Spence started the day like most parents. He took his son to his first day of Kindergarten, and then visited seven other schools, including his alma mater – Green Run High School.

“That means so much to me and that’s really shaped a lot of who I am as a human being and put me on the course that I’ve been in my career.  Now to have the opportunity to come back and stand in these hallways where it all started, it’s a wonderful experience,” Dr. Spence said.

Dr. Spence outlined his 120 day plan to NewsChannel 3.  It’s a series of meeting scheduled over the next few months giving parents, teachers even students the opportunity to speak to school leaders including himself about the challenges they may face working and learning in the resort city.

“We provide every opportunity to share their thoughts, hopes and aspirations for our kids,” he says.

It’s hard to think about winter weather with temperatures in the 90’s, but still some parents are curious about Dr. Spence’s plans to make up snow days.

Many of them complained about the three Saturday school days earlier this year — a decision made by the previous interim superintendent. But Dr. Spence says Saturday school will no longer be an option on the table.

“We have not made any decisions yet on how we will deal with that but we have a team that’s already working on coming up with a plan on any days we do miss,” he says.

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