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Scott Baker named next Spotsylvania superintendent

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Scott Baker, Spotsylvania County's assistant superintendent of instruction.

The Spotsylvania School Board just announced Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Scott Baker as the division’s next superintendent.

Baker will succeed Shelley K. Redinger, who becomes superintendent of Spokane (Wash.) Public Schools on July 1.

Redinger hired Baker last July. He was one of two cabinet-level hires Redinger made after being chosen as Spotsylvania’s superintendent last year.

Redinger was hired in February 2011 and started on July 1, 2011. She was expected to stay in Spotsylvania long-term but agreed to apply for the Spokane post after a search firm working on that division’s behalf contacted her in February of this year.

Her mother, who lives in Spokane, is battling cancer and there are other family illnesses that weighed into her decision.

Redinger is a native of Washington.

Baker is a Virginia native, received his degrees from Virginia schools and has spent his entire career in the commonwealth, including an earlier stint in Spotsylvania.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Radford University in 1991, with a major in English and a minor in theater.

He earned his credentials for teaching special education from the University of Virginia in August 1995.

Five years later, he completed a master of education degree in administration and supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University.

In May 2010, he was awarded a doctor of education degree in administration and supervision from the University of Virginia.

Check back for more details online and in tomorrow’s Free Lance-Star