Prince William School System Hires Assistant Superintendent

Carol E. Flenard has been appointed Deputy Superintendent of the Prince William County Public School System.

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Prince William County Public Schools announced that Carol E. Flenard has been named the division’s assistant superintendent, the second-highest position in the system after McDade’s.

The deputy position has been vacant since Keith Imon left the division with Superintendent Steven Walts at the end of the 2020-21 school year. Flenard will take office when the new fiscal year begins July 1.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Flenard to the PWCS learning community,” said McDade. “She is an accomplished and proven leader with a wealth of experience in instructional leadership, curriculum and teaching. Dr. Flenard brings invaluable value to our school division, and we look forward to working with her.

Flenard arrives at Prince William Schools of Spotsylvania, where she began her career 26 years ago as an elementary school teacher and currently serves as Acting Superintendent, a position she has held since January.

The Spotsylvania School Division’s leadership has faced turmoil since Superintendent Scott Baker was fired in January, and the county school board has yet to name Baker’s permanent replacement. Last October, Spotsylvania State Schools had 23,871 pupils enrolled, less than a third of those of Prince William.

“It is with mixed emotions that I share that I will be leaving Spotsylvania County Public Schools on June 30, 2022. I sincerely thank you for the support and encouragement you have provided during my tenure,” Flenard wrote. in an email to Spotsylvania employees. and families.

“We have navigated together through a pandemic and post-pandemic period that has presented challenges never seen before in our education system. I will always be grateful for your trust and commitment to our students and our community.

According to Prince William’s announcement, she previously served as deputy superintendent and director of studies at Spotsylvania County Public Schools from 2012 until her acting appointment earlier this year. The announcement credits him with helping develop “response plans for schools in accreditation warning status with a 100% success rate.”

All eligible Prince William schools are state-accredited, but new state Superintendent of Education Jillian Balow and Virginia Education Secretary Aimee Guidera have hinted they may change some accreditation standards to make them stricter.

Reporting directly to McDade, Flenard will oversee division superintendents for teaching and learning, special education and student services and all elementary, middle and high schools.

“The ability to anticipate considerations for the curriculum, implement strong cycles of continuous improvement to ensure academic progress, and oversee effective budgetary and personnel management necessary to support a growing population of more than 90,000 students and 100 schools,” Prince William’s announcement said.

Jeremy S. McLain