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December 13, 2012

David Jeck selected new school superintendent

Photo/Lawrence Emerson
David Jeck with Marshall District school board member Duke Bland at Thursday night's special meeting to announce the new superintendent's selection.
David C. Jeck
• Age: 47

• Home: Ruckersville

• Job: Superintendent, Greene County Public Schools, July 2008 to present.

• Future: Fauquier superintendent, starting May 13, 2013.

• Experience: Assistant superintendent, Greene County, 2006-08; director, Charlottesville/Albemarle Technical Center, 2005-06; Principal, Louisa County High School, 2001-05; principal, Bassett High School, 1999-2001; assistant principal, Louisa County Middle School, 1996-99.

• Education: Doctorate, education, University of Virginia, 2010; master’s, education, University of Southern Mississippi, 1994; bachelor’s, social science and secondary education, Nyack (N.Y.) College, 1988.

• Family: Wife Rhonda, who teaches in Albemarle County; sons David Jr., 19, and Caleb, 16.

• Hobbies: Cooking, golfing and rooting for the L.A. Dodgers.
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Fauquier’s school board voted unanimously Thursday night to hire Greene County’s superintendent for the same job here.

David C. Jeck will start May 13 as Fauquier’s superintendent.

The board selected Dr. Jeck after interviewing nine candidates.

The school board plans to announce appointment of an interim superintendent before Jonathan Lewis retires Dec. 31, Chairman Donna Grove (Cedar Run District) said.

Dr. Jeck will have a salary and benefits package similar to Dr. Lewis’, Mrs. Grove added.

The superintendent earns $165,000 annually, with health and life insurance policies and a $600-a-month vehicle allowance. The board went into closed session after Thursday’s announcement to work on finalizing Dr. Jeck’s contract.

The Whittier, Calif., native began teaching and coaching in 1989, a year after graduating from Nyack College in New York.

He has served as superintendent of Greene County’s 2,950-student school system since July 2008. He served the two previous years as assistant superintendent in the rural county, with six public schools and fewer than 19,000 residents, north of Charlottesville.

“I am excited beyond words and truly humbled,” Dr. Jeck said. “Fauquier County is a community that obviously takes great pride in their schools and strives to offer a world-class educational system.”

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, both school systems have cut staff in recent years.

Dr. Jeck called eliminating 40 jobs the last three years the most difficult task he has faced in Greene.

Fauquier schools eliminated 36 positions — half of them teaching jobs — this year.

Still, Dr. Jeck said he sees great opportunity in Fauquier. The school system has a reputation for providing a range of opportunities for students and teachers, he said.

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.

Still, Greene County schools have improved during Dr. Jeck's tenure.

The county's on-time graduation rate has improved from 86 percent to 90 percent over the last three years. Dual college enrollment offerings have doubled over the last five years.

In an interview, he called himself a strong supporter of athletics and extracurricular activities, saying they have positive, measurable effect on student performance.

Dr. Jeck got into education because he wanted to coach but soon discovered teaching as his real calling, Fauquier's next superintendent said.

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Laurenatkins4dj007 · December 13, 2012 at 9:20 pm
Wonderful news! Dr. Jeck is a true advocate for ALL students - best wishes!
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