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Mecklenburg County secondary education supervisor to leave

SoVaNow.com / June 13, 2018
Brian Matney, director of secondary education for Mecklenburg County Public Schools, will be departing the job at the end of June.

News of Matney’s retirement came as a surprise to the Mecklenburg County School Board and others who said they learned of his decision via an e-mail message from Director of Personnel Nan Alga. That e-mail stated that the school division is accepting internal and external applicants for the director of secondary instruction position.

Reached for comment about Matney’s departure, Superintendent of Schools Paul Nichols said, “Dr Matney is leaving us to spend more time with family. He is re-retiring. He will be with us until June 30.” He declined further comment.

Prior to joining Mecklenburg County schools in 2017, Matney served as program evaluation specialist in the department of research, for Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Before that, he was principal at Landstown High School in Virginia Beach. He retired in 2017 just prior to agreeing to come to Mecklenburg County.

He initially stepped in as interim principal at Park View Middle School in late 2017 following the resignation of Principal Nancy Riddell, and in February was named director of secondary education. In the position, he oversaw instruction at the middle school and high school levels.

Nichols knew Matney through his work as president of the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals, his service on the Virginia Department of Education’s advisory board on teacher education and licensure, and through their joint enrollment in the LEADS Virginia program.

LEADS Virginia is a networking program that educates participants about regional educational differences and statewide needs.

At the time of his appointment, Nichols said, “Dr. Matney’s skills and experience are critical to the success of the school division as we move toward a combined middle and high school. His engagement with the SOL Innovation Committee will assure that our programs are in keeping with the expectation of the Department of Education and its ‘Portrait of a Graduate.’”

Matney was appointed to the SOL Innovation Committee in 2016. During his tenure with the group he focused on the need for Virginia to modernize its assessment and accreditation systems by reducing reliance on traditional standardized tests.

Matney has been an educator for over 30 years, having begun as an AP Government teacher at Green Run High School in Virginia Beach. He became an assistant principal in 1994 and a principal in 1998. Accolades he earned during his career include VASSP (Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals) High School Principal of the Year, 2006, University of Virginia Curry Foundation Alumni Principal of the Year, 2008, Virginia Association of Student Councils Administrator of the Year, 2014, and in 1988 was named one of the Top 100 New Teachers in America by the Student Loan Marketing Association.

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