Norfolk school board extends superintendent’s contract

Dr. Samuel T. King

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — On Thursday, the Norfolk City School Board extended Superintendent Samuel T. King’s contract for two additional years.

Dr. King began his tenure in Norfolk in July 2012, after the previous superintendent, Richard Bently, was forced to resign. At the time, the school division had suffered one of the lowest accreditation rates in Virginia — ten out of 45 schools missed full accreditation.

Kings contract was set to expire June 30, 2016, but according to a press release on the school division’s website, he will now serve as Norfolk’s superintendent until 2018.

“Continuity of strong leadership, along with laser-like focus on the mission and vision, will be crucial over the next four years,” said School Board Chairman Dr. Kirk T. Houston, in the release.

Just a year under King’s leadership has led to a refreshed vision for the school division, more communication and interaction with the community, and the development and initial implementations of a five-year Strategic Plan for Norfolk Public Schools.

“We’re only beginning to scratch the surface,” Dr. King said in the release. “We have huge work to do. We’re still building the infrastructure and the strong foundation needed to improve learning for all students.”

King was hired with a base salary higher than any city superintendent in South Hampton Roads. At the time, city officials and school board members said they were confident he was well worth the money.

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