Superintendent contract not renewed

Published 10:02 am Wednesday, January 10, 2018

In a 5-2 vote following a closed session during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Charlotte County School Board, a motion passed to not renew Superintendent of Charlotte County Public Schools Dr. Nancy Leonard’s contract as of July 1, 2019.

Nancy Leonard

The vote came after board members entered a closed session under § 2.2-3711: “Closed meetings authorized for certain limited purposes,” according to the Code of Virginia, to discuss personnel matters pertaining to new hires, resignations, stipends and substitute approval.

Red Oak/Wylliesburg District School Board Member Teresa Dunaway said the vote was done in an open session after the closed session.

“Of course I cannot discuss what went on in the closed meeting, but it was several people waiting when we finished. Since it was a vote, it had to be done in the open for the public that stayed,” she said.

The motion was made by Bacon/Saxe District School Board Member JonPaul Berkley.

Leonard said the school board had to let her know by June 30 if they were going to renew her contract or not after July 1, 2019.

“This is a part of a standard contractual agreement with a superintendent,” she said.

She said five of the seven school board members voted at the meeting through an addendum, or an additional item, to give early notification that the contract would not be renewed.

“Good work is being done in Charlotte County schools, which I outlined tonight (Tuesday) at the meeting,” said Leonard. “I am proud of the progress that we have made, and we will keep on doing great things for children. I just won’t be a part of the team after July of 2019, but I am confident that the successes that we have had are sustainable and will continue.”

Leonard superseded Dr. Melody Hackney as superintendent of Charlotte County Public Schools. Leonard previously served in the capacity of assistant superintendent before being named superintendent.  

“Charlotte County Public Schools is a special place with many loyal and dedicated employees, and I plan on enjoying the remainder of my time being with them as we serve our children,” said Leonard.