Colonial Heights has a new schools chief.

William D. Sroufe was named the city school district’s new superintendent on Tuesday during a special meeting of the Colonial Heights School Board. Sroufe comes to Colonial Heights from Patrick County, where he currently serves as superintendent.

Sroufe, 50, replaces Joseph O. Cox, who led the school system for 17 years and announced in May 2018 that he wouldn’t renew his contract when it expires next month.

“Thank you all on the board for your vote of confidence,” Sroufe said after his contract was approved. “There is a lot of great work already going on here, and I am looking forward to joining such a wonderful school system.”

The contract — unanimously approved by the board — runs for three years. Sroufe will make $147,000 per year, according to a copy of his contract.

The 2,601-student system in Patrick, located on the North Carolina line just west of Martinsville, is similar in size to Colonial Heights’ (2,866).

All seven schools in Patrick meet the state’s full accreditation standards. The five schools in Colonial Heights also meet those standards.

Sroufe, an Air Force veteran, started his education career in 1998 as a physical science teacher in Roanoke.

He has taught eighth through 12th grades in classes for physical science, world geography, information technology and civics, according to a news release.

He is an alumnus of Old Dominion and Liberty universities and has written two books of poetry and a memoir.

In 2017, he was named western Virginia’s top superintendent.

He’s led Patrick schools since 2014. Sroufe is scheduled to start in Colonial Heights on July 1.

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Justin Mattingly covers K-12 schools and higher education. A northern New York native and a Syracuse University alumnus, he's worked at the RTD since 2017. You can follow him on Twitter at @jmattingly306.

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