Dr. Thomas Taylor was selected as the next SCPS Superintendent on November 10, 2021. Dr Taylor will begin his tenure on December 1, 2021.
Dr. Scott Kizner retired on September 1, 2021, having faithfully devoted 40 years to a career in education, serving 23 as a Superintendent.
On Tuesday, June 29, 2021, the Stafford County School Board unanimously approved BWP & Associates (BWP) to conduct a nationwide search for the new Superintendent of Stafford County Public Schools. Dr. Kevin Castner and Dr. E. Wayne Harris, both former Virginia Superintendents, delivered a presentation of the process and qualifications of this national search firm that specializes in assisting boards seeking superintendents and educational professionals.
The selection of a new Superintendent is a community process. Citizens, staff, and the Stafford County community were encouraged to provide feedback regarding the strengths of the school division, challenges the next Superintendent may face, and the three qualities, characteristics, and experiences they believe the next Superintendent must possess and demonstrate. A feedback form was provided in 7 native language with responses due no later than August 3, 2021. The form gathered the perspective of a variety of school and community stakeholders.
Using the feedback from this form, BWP developed a Leadership Profile used to recruit the best slate of candidates to meet the division’s needs.
The format for the public engagement process included:
- The Board and BWP engaging a targeted group of stakeholders for in-person outreach. (late July)
- Holding community forums for interested persons to engage in the process at the Stafford County School Board Chambers
- July 28, 5-6 p.m.
- July 29, 12-1 p.m.
- July 29, 5-6 p.m.
- Email opportunity for any interested individual to provide comments on the characteristics of, and the challenges for, the new superintendent. (Open from mid-July to August 3)
- A Superintendent Leadership Profile presented to the Board in early August based on the prior profile supplemented with recent community engagement comments. (August 10)
To ask questions directly to BWP regarding the Superintendent Search, please contact Dr. Kevin Castner at email@example.com.