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This upcoming school year will be the last one for the leader of Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS).
Superintendent Steve Walts is retiring at the end of the 2020-21 school year.
He announced the news in a letter to the community on Thursday afternoon.
His retirement will take effect on July 1, 2021.
“I am doing this now to ensure the School Board has the time to select the next great Superintendent for Prince William County Public Schools,” Walts said in the letter.
Walts mentioned many accomplishments that have been made since he became Superintendent more than 15 years ago.
During this time, the school system has expanded by more than 20,000 students. It has also opened more than 20 schools and an Aquatics Center, and built and expanded Library Media Centers.
Older schools and athletic facilities were renovated, as well.
Walts also highlighted growth in programs — such as Career and Technical Education (CTE), JROTC programs and virtual courses — and the hiring of necessary staff — including counselors, social workers and psychologists.
“How has so much been accomplished?” Walts said. “Our amazing teachers, support staff, and administrative leadership by principals, their leadership teams, and central office administrative support, together with loving, engaged parents and guardians, a great community, and county and state government support have been the answer! I value each and every one of you!”
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