VBCPS - Ahead of the Curve
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kathleen O'Hara
Date: 12/17/13 Phone: 757.263.1075
News Release No. 033 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: kathleen.o'hara@vbschools.com

School Board appoints Virginia Beach
native to lead school division

The Virginia Beach School Board has ended its five-month search for a new superintendent, appointing Dr. Aaron Spence to the post. He will assume his new duties on or before July 1. Spence is currently superintendent of education for Moore County Public Schools in Carthage, N.C.

"The opportunity to come home and serve the schools in the community I grew up in was certainly important to me. Virginia Beach is a strong school system with an impressive track record of achievement. I look forward to building on its successes and working with staff and the community to address its challenges," he said.

Spence is a 19-year veteran of public education. He has led Moore County Public Schools since February 2012. During his tenure he and his staff worked strategically to improve the school district's End of Grade proficiency scores. His work paid off. The school system moved up considerably in state rankings, from 43rd to 22nd. Moore County Public Schools has 23 schools and serves 13,000 students.

Prior to his service in Moore County, Spence was chief high school officer for the Houston Independent School District, the eighth largest school district in the country. In his almost two years in that post, he helped decrease the district's drop-out rate and increase the graduation rate to a historical high. The district's science and math test scores and the number of students participating in advanced courses also increased dramatically during his tenure.

Although North Carolina and Texas have been his home in recent years, the majority of Spence's service has been in Virginia. He began his career in 1994 as a French and photojournalism teacher in Stafford County Public Schools. When he moved into administrative leadership, he served first as an assistant principal and later as a principal in Henrico County Public Schools. As principal of Deep Run High School in Henrico, he led the school from its opening to the distinction of being named one of America's Best High Schools by U.S. News and World Report. In 2008, he became chief academic officer and director of curriculum and instruction for Chesterfield County Public Schools.

Spence has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia, where he received a bachelor's degree in French studies, a master's degree in secondary education and a doctorate in educational administration and supervision. He and his wife, Krista, have six children; Bella (Isabella), Mattingly, Christopher, Kristianna, Ian and Aaron Charles David Spence.

"We selected Dr. Spence from a pool of well-qualified candidates. His passion for students and his reputation for building relationships that connect stakeholders and move public education forward were compelling factors in the decision-making process," said Daniel D. Edwards, School Board chairman. "It is particularly heartwarming that he is a native of Virginia Beach, having attended both Cox and Green Run High Schools, graduating from Green Run in 1989."


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