FCPS hire a firm to seek a school superintendent

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The Frederick County School Board has entered into a contract with a firm to help find a school superintendent.

According to an email from the Director of Policy and Communications for Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) Steve Edwards BWP and Associates has been contracted to help in the search.

BWP and Associates is based in Libertyville, Illinois with a satellite east coast office in Virginia.

The company has 15 years experience and has already successfully found over 45 superintendents in Virginia.

BWP and Associates has successfully found superintendents for Winchester, Rockingham, Stafford as well as Alexandria, Falls Church and Prince William County.

The company  is connected to an extensive network of educational leaders and organizations across the country.

BWP and Associates will use a four step process in their search that includes interviews with board members, group meetings, public forums and online community input.

All this to define the characteristics and skill sets the community and board believes a superintendent should have.

Ultimately the final decision for hiring the  next superintendent will be made by the 7 member school board.

BWP and Associates’ job is to find that perfect candidate for the position.

A new superintendent could be named by late December or early January according to BWP and Associates timeline.

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FCPS name an interim Superintendent

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A news release from Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) names the interim School Superintendent.

The Frederick County School Board named Dr. J. David Martin as interim Superintendent of schools effective July 1.

Martin assumes the role vacated by Dr. David Sovine who has taken the role of Superintendent of Washington County Maryland schools on July 1.

The School Board considered several individuals for the position before Martin was chosen.

With Martin in place the School Board will focus on their permanent Superintendent search.

The board will seek input from students, parents, staff and the greater community in their search for a person to lead Frederick County Public Schools.

Martin brings over 20 years experience as a division superintendent to the Frederick County interim position.

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FCPS name their Teacher of the Year 2022

Middletown Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Melissa Barb has been named Frederick County Public School’s 2022 Teacher of the Year.

Barb has been teaching at Middletown Elementary since 2013.

Frederick County School superintendent David Sovine called Barb an outstanding example of a teacher who is passionate about helping students succeed.

Barb was one of three finalists for the award this year.

Other finalist were Evendale Elementary School Special Education Teacher Beth Sager.

Another finalist was Jordan Springs Elementary School English Language Learner Teacher Jackie Zcarias.

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