The New Kent County Public Schools district is in the market for a new superintendent.
Schools chief David Myers is leaving the district, which is home to about 3,300 students, in April to take a new position in the Virginia Department of Education. Myers has been running the district since 2014 and was chosen last year as the best superintendent in the region.
“[New Kent’s] been an amazing place to work,” Myers said Tuesday. “It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”
In his new role with the state, Myers will serve as the assistant superintendent for data, overseeing the agency’s data collection and usage.
Education Department spokesman Charles Pyle said the new position is an upgrade of an existing data manager position.
“Teachers use data to tailor lessons to the instructional needs of their students,” Pyle said. “Data drives accountability and the department’s efforts to assist schools that are not yet meeting state standards.”
Under Myers’ leadership, all four New Kent schools have met the state’s full accreditation standards.
Myers said highlights of his tenure include expanding access to Advanced Placement and dual enrollment classes and helping open CodeRVA, a regional magnet school in Richmond that is focused on computer science.
“It’s going to be very difficult to replace him,” said Gail Hardinge, a member of the New Kent School Board who also serves as the chairwoman of the CodeRVA governing board.
Myers started as a teacher in Colorado — he went to Colorado State University — before coming to Virginia. He was principal of Henrico County’s Godwin High School from 2006 to 2010 and eventually became an assistant superintendent, overseeing secondary education. Myers was unanimously tapped by the New Kent School Board in 2014 to lead the district.
New Kent School Board Chairwoman Sarah Grier Barber said the board hopes to have a new superintendent hired by July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.
An online survey is open for residents to give feedback on the new superintendent. The survey closes March 21. The board is also holding a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the New Kent School Board office at 12003 New Kent Highway.
“We’re confident that we will bring in a new superintendent who is very highly skilled and can continue to advance New Kent’s educational experience for our students,” Barber said.
An interim superintendent will be announced Friday, she said.
Myers’ last day with the district is April 24. He starts in Richmond the next day, making $135,000 per year. His departure was first reported by The Virginia Gazette.
On his first day working for the state, Myers will be joined by Monica Callahan, who currently serves as the director of workforce programs at ChamberRVA. Callahan takes over as the agency’s assistant superintendent for policy on April 25, succeeding Cynthia Cave, who retired in December.