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Stafford seeks input on next school chief

Stafford County school officials are moving closer to picking a new leader. And they want your help.

Wednesday and Thursday, the school division will hold a series of meetings to get input from school employees, parent–teacher organization members, retirees, community leaders and anyone else who wants to have a say in the search for a superintendent.

The school division’s former chief announced his resignation in May and left the system in July. Since then, William Symons has stepped in to lead the division until a permanent superintendent is chosen. School Board members have said that they want a new leader in place by January.

Superintendent search firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates is leading the hunt for a new chief. The firm developed an online survey, which asks questions about what people want to see in a new superintendent. So far, more than 500 people have responded to the survey, said Valerie Cottongim, spokeswoman for Stafford County Public Schools.

On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, there will be four meetings open to the community. At the meetings, attendees will be able to share opinions about the search for a new superintendent. Representatives from Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates will be present.

Amy Flowers Umble: 540/735-1973


Attend a meeting: Wednesday in the library of Brooke Point High School, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. or from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; or Thursday in the library of North Stafford High School from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. or from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Take the online survey: Go online to, then click on the link to take the survey, which is open through Sept. 16.