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July 11, 2017

Assistant school chief announces her retirement

Janice Bourne worked as a finance manager in Fauquier County government before joining the school system in November 2004.
Janice’s leadership and vision brought Fauquier County to the forefront of school safety.
— Sgt. James Hartman, sheriff’s office spokesman
Janice Bourne, Fauquier County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent for Administration Janice Bourne, will retire Aug. 4.

Ms. Bourne, who earns $134,680 annually, has worked in that position 13 years.

“I cannot sufficiently express how grateful I am for the opportunity to work with caring and committed team members and to feel that what we do makes a difference in young lives, even for those of us who serve in support positions,” she said.

Before joining the school system in November 2004, the Norfolk native spent 2-1/2 years as Fauquier County’s finance director after 9-1/2 years as finance director for the City of Cocoa Beach, Fla., and the City of Winchester. She also has private sector experience in management and administration in banking and manufacturing.

For the school system, Ms. Bourne oversees facilities management, new construction, transportation, food service, finance, energy management, safety and security and the crisis management plan.

Projects during her tenure have included construction and opening of Kettle Run High and Greenville Elementary School, renovating the Cedar Lee Middle School media center, the expansion at Claude Thompson Elementary School and the renovation and four-story addition to Fauquier High School.

She led an extensive overhaul of the school system Crisis Management Plan and coordination of a full-scale, emergency-response/active-shooter exercise with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management in July 2015.

“Because of Janice Bourne and the team she assembled, the students at Fauquier County Public Schools are now in the safest learning environment they can possibly be in,” said Sgt. James Hartman, public information officer for the sheriff’s office. “Janice’s leadership and vision brought Fauquier County to the forefront of school safety.”

Ms. Bourne said she made the decision to retire “after much reflection and with feelings of both regret and promise,” admitting that she had found her passion in the job.

Ms. Bourne often served food in school cafeteria lines on special promotional days and attended school plays and concerts throughout the county. She attended meetings nearly every day or night of the week and talked on the phone with national weather professionals to help making school closing decisions. For 13 years, she has made the 4 a.m. phone calls to the superintendent with recommendations regarding opening or closing of school on inclement-weather days — a task she won’t miss.

Superintendent David Jeck called her retirement a huge loss for the school system.

“Ms. Bourne wears many hats for the school division and has done an outstanding job,” Dr. Jeck said. “She is one of those hard-working, humble people who does their job quietly and never really receives the credit they deserve. I’ll miss her courage most of all.

“She is willing to take a stand and tell the superintendent when she thinks he is wrong. I’ve greatly appreciated that quality. She has made me a better superintendent.”

Ms. Bourne earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

In retirement, she plans to spend more time with family and friends, travel and “sleep in on snow days.”
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ron barwick · July 22, 2017 at 10:40 am
Good luck Janice
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