Norfolk School Board selects Dr. Melinda Boone as new superintendent

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The Norfolk School Board announced it has selected Dr. Melinda Boone as its new superintendent, following a lengthy search.

Her position will be effective December 1.

According to the school system, Dr. Boone has three decades of experience in education. She has served as superintendent of Worcester Public Schools in Massachusetts since 2009, but most of her experience was gained in Virginia, including eight years with Norfolk Public Schools. She served as the Executive Director of Norfolk elementary schools from 2001 until 2005.

“I am honored to be selected as superintendent of Norfolk Public Schools,” said Dr. Boone, “There is no greater honor than to be called back home to serve and lead in the community that has meant so much to me professionally and personally. Norfolk Public Schools provided me the opportunity to further develop and refine my leadership skills in running an urban district and best practices in school turnaround. Those experiences played a significant role in the success experienced in Worcester Public Schools. I am very excited about collaborating with the School Board, principals and teachers to raise the level of student achievement and community confidence in its public schools. Working together with the community, we will create greater opportunities for the youth of this city!”

The nationwide search for a new superintendent of Norfolk Public Schools began in April. It was not a unanimous vote for Dr. Boone.

She left NPS in 2009 amid a testing scandal. According to reports from Worcester, MA there was also a testing scandal there during her tenure. She did not talk about that Thursday.

When asked about the revolving door of Norfolk superintendents, Dr. Boone said, “I’m not going anywhere.”

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