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Norfolk Public Schools announces new Superintendent

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Posted at 10:05 AM, Oct 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-08 10:05:33-04

Norfolk, Va. – Norfolk Public Schools announced their new Superintendent on Thursday.

The Norfolk School Board voted for Dr. Melinda Boone to become the Superintendent of Norfolk Public Schools.

Norfolk Public Schools released a statement from Boone on their website:

“I am honored to be selected as superintendent of Norfolk Public Schools,” said Dr. Boone, “There is no greater honor than to be called back home to serve and lead in the community that has meant so much to me professionally and personally. Norfolk Public Schools provided me the opportunity to further develop and refine my leadership skills in running an urban district and best practices in school turnaround.  Those experiences played a significant role in the success experienced in Worcester Public Schools. I am very excited about collaborating with the School Board, principals and teachers to raise the level of student achievement and community confidence in its public schools. Working together with the community, we will create greater opportunities for the youth of this city!”

Boone was a Superintendent at Worcester Public Schools in Massachusetts.

The school board held a meeting on the 12th floor of the School Administration Building on City Hall Avenue at 10 a.m.

Back in March, the Norfolk School Board ended the contract of Superintendent Dr. Samuel King early.

King, who had been Superintendent since 2012, left the school division on April 30.

He received $246,750 in severance pay.

Dr. Michael Thornton was appointed to the position of interim Superintendent of Norfolk Public Schools on May 1.

Boone’s position will be effective December 1.

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