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Herndon named Region 8 Superintendent of the Year

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SoVaNow.com / March 20, 2017
Halifax County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Merle P. Herndon has been named Region 8 Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS). Region 8 is one of eight districts in the Commonwealth of Virginia and includes 12 school divisions in southern and central Virginia.

Herndon, who is set to retire in June, has been Halifax County’s school chief since mid-2012.

“Merle Herndon has actively taken a lead in advocating for public schools by her involvement in numerous professional organizations,” said a Region 8 colleague of the recognition, announced Monday. “Merle works diligently advocating for public schools by reaching out to legislators at the local and state level. She provides friendship and wisdom to her colleagues in Region VIII.”

“Merle Herndon has served 43 years in public education. She has been an asset to Region VIII superintendents the last five years by sharing her knowledge and wisdom,” said another colleague.

Prior to becoming Superintendent of HCPS in 2012, Dr. Herndon served as a Reading Specialist, Staff Development Specialist, Principal, and a Director in Central Office with Lynchburg City Schools. She holds three graduate degrees: a master’s degree in reading and an education specialist degree from Lynchburg College, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Virginia.

“I believe in a positive attitude and the fact that if you, ‘talk it and believe it’, you can be a part of making the vision happen,” said Herndon of the award.

Explaining her vision since becoming Halifax’s superintendent of schools, she listed goals that include full accreditation of county schools by the state Department of Education, greater emphasis on middle school career track awareness, improvements in staff compensation, emphasis on professional development, teamwork and workplace diversity, and an ongoing record of enacting balanced budgets during her tenure in Halifax.




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