Superintendent of Schools resigns

Greene County School Superintendent Dave Jeck has resigned his position effective May 10, 2010.

Dr. David Jeck and friends at William Monroe High School graduation 2011

On December 12 School Board Chairwoman Michelle Flynn released the following announcement:

“At tonight’s meeting of the Greene County School Board the board unanimously voted to accept the voluntary resignation of Superintendent Dr. David C. Jeck,” Flynn wrote. “Dr. Jeck’s resignation is effective May 10th, 2013. The Board recognizes and appreciates Dr. Jeck’s commitment to improving the school division during his tenure.

“The School Board will begin meeting in early 2013 to determine the plans and process for identifying a new superintendent,” Flynn concluded in her release.

More information was released December 13 by Alisa Booze Troetschel for Fauqueir County Schools.

What follows is that press release.

At a special called meeting on Dec. 13, the Fauquier County School Board announced that David C. Jeck, 47, will be the new Fauquier County Public Schools (FCPS) division superintendent, beginning May 13, 2013. Dr. Jeck is currently in his fifth year as the superintendent of Greene County Public Schools in Stanardsville, Va.

“I am excited beyond words and truly humbled,” Dr. Jeck said of his selection as FCPS superintendent. He applied for the position, he said, because of Fauquier’s outstanding reputation and commitment to all students. “Fauquier County is a community that obviously takes great pride in their schools,” he said, “and strives to offer a world-class educational program.”

A life-long educator, Dr. Jeck began teaching and coaching in 1989 and became an assistant principal at Louisa County Middle School in Mineral, Va. in 1996, a position he held for three years. He spent the next six years as a high school principal, two at Bassett High in Bassett, VA, and four at Louisa County High School. After a one-year stint as the director of the Charlottesville/Albemarle Technical Education Center in Charlottesville, he became the assistant superintendent for instruction for Greene County Public Schools. Two years later he was selected as Greene County’s superintendent of schools.

Born and raised in Whittier, Ca., Dr. Jeck holds a bachelor of arts in social sciences and secondary education from Nyack College in New York (1988), a master of education from the University of Southern Mississippi (1994) and a doctor of education from the University of Virginia (2010). He teaches future school administrators as an adjunct faculty member at both George Washington University and James Madison University.

Dr. Jeck currently oversees a school division of six schools, 2,950 students and 278 teachers and manages a $32 million budget. Among his leadership achievements:

  • Developed, designed and implemented the “William Monroe Academy,” a school-within-a-school concept dedicated to providing 21st-century skills for students within the general curriculum
  • Introduced division-wide benchmark assessment, standard pacing and a “walk-through” classroom observation system for all Greene County schools
  • Guided Greene County Public Schools to full state accreditation each of the past four years. Three out of four tested schools achieved Adequate Yearly Progress status for the 2010-11 school year.
  • Greene County’s five-year graduation has risen to 86 percent and the on-time graduation rate has risen to just under 90 percent over the past three years
  • Greene County’s dual college enrollment offerings have doubled over the past five years
    • Introduced an anti-bullying program for all students in grades K-12 (instances of bullying dropped by nearly 30 percent in 2011-12)
  • Worked collaboratively to secure the approval of a $5.3 million fine arts and athletics facilities project, the first of its kind in Greene CountyDr. Jeck and his wife Rhonda, who teaches in Albemarle County, have two children: David Jr., 19, who is preparing to attend culinary school, and Caleb, 16, a junior. His leisure-time activities include spending time with his family, cooking, golfing and rooting for the LA Dodgers.

Looking forward to becoming superintendent here, Dr. Jeck said, “I hope to continue and enhance the great things that are happening in Fauquier County, and I intend to do everything that I can in order to provide a world-class education to every student within the school division.”

Donna Grove, chairman of the Fauquier County School Board, said she and the other board members are extremely pleased that Dr. Jeck will serve as the County’s next superintendent of schools. “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Jeck,” she said. “He and this board share the same vision – that a division reaches excellence by design, not by chance.”

Ms. Grove said that in the near future an interim superintendent will be appointed to serve from early January until Dr. Jeck assumes the position in May.

Other reports indicate that after interviewing nine candidates for the position Fauquier’s school board voted unanimously Dec. 13 to hire Jeck to replace the current Fauquier superintendent, who retires Dec. 31, and whose position will be filled by an interim superintendent, yet to be announced.

Jeck, who reportedly earned $115,350 in Greene County during the last fiscal year, will be earning $165,000 annually, with health and life insurance benefits as well as a $600-a-month vehicle allowance.

In Greene, he works with a school budget of $32 million. Fauquier, with 11,000 students and 21 schools, has a budget of $125.5 million.

But, according to reports, both school systems have cut staff in recent years.

While Greene County schools eliminated 40 jobs in the last three years, Fauquier Countyeliminated 36 positions — half of them teaching jobs — this year.

And, the counties have starkly different demographics. For example, 60 percent of Greene County students qualify for free school lunches this year, compared with 18 percent in Fauquier, according to the Virginia Department of Education.

Jeck released his letter of resignation early this morning.

It reads: “It is with sadness that I announce my resignation as superintendent of Greene County Public Schools effective May 13, 2013.

“Last night I was appointed the new superintendent of Faquier Count Public Schools, a school district about an hour north of Greene County.

“I have enjoyed my six plus years in Greene County and have great respect and admiration for each one of you. You are an outstanding educational staff and working alongside you has been an honor and a privilege. My time as superintendent in Greene has been both challenging and rewarding, and I will miss the camaraderie that we have shared. I cannot think of a finer group of professionals to be associated with or to “fight the good fight” alongside. Greene County is fortunate to have such dedicated people.

“Thank you for your support over the years and for all that you do for Greene County.”

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