By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: March 11, 2020 | 3:20 p.m.
The meeting, which had been moved to 5 p.m. from its normal 7 p.m. start time to allow Surry locals to attend both the board meeting and the Lady Cougars’ State Semifinals game at Sussex Central, saw the board go into closed session, then come out to make the announcement.
Sims, who has been with Surry County Schools since she was first hired as Luther Porter Jackson Middle School Principal in 2007, was promoted to Assistant Superintendent in 2009, where she has served for the last 11 years.
Following previous superintendent Dr. Michael Thornton’s announced retirement at the beginning of the school year, the board took steps to begin a nationwide search for his successor.
They started the process through the Virginia School Board Association and began soliciting input as to what Surry County citizens wanted in their next superintendent shortly thereafter.
Dr. Sims, who went straight from the announcement at the board meeting to cheer on and support the Lady Cougars at the state semifinal game in Sussex afterward, with Surry going on to win that game, said of the announcement, “I am honored to be selected as the next Superintendent of Surry County Public Schools. Surry County School System is a family – one that I have been a part of for many years. I’m just looking forward to serving the students, the family, the staff members, and the community for many years to come.”
Terry Harris will have more from Surry County Public Schools, including additional comments from the school district’s newest superintendent in the March 18 edition of The Sussex-Surry Dispatch.
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