Free Lance-Star reporter Amy Umble covers Stafford County schools and other education issues

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23 vie to lead K.G. schools

Twenty-three people have applied to be the next superintendent of King George County Schools. The School Board has whittled that list down some, though Chairman Mike Rose didn’t offer specifics on exactly how many candidates are still in the running. The School Board will start interviews this weekend, Rose said. They hope to make an announcement in June and have the new superintendent in place by July.

Of the 23 candidates, 18 are men and five are women. Eight of the applicants are from out of state: Delaware, Louisiana, Georgia, Texas, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Eight have served as superintendents or are serving as superintendents.

Tonight, the School Board meets with the King George County Board of Supervisors. The budget will be the main topic of discussion. Like many school divisions across the state, King George schools are struggling with the Virginia Retirement System. Costs are going up, but the state budget could include some relief. But as the state budget is still unapproved, school divisions don’t know what to expect.

“We’re kind of in limbo until these things get worked out,” Rose said.