Newport News School Board appoints Chief of Staff

Posted: July 3, 2018

The Newport News School Board appointed Rashard J. Wright as the Chief of Staff during a special meeting on July 2, 2018. Wright currently serves as the Chief Schools Officer for Virginia Beach City Public Schools, where he oversees 86 schools.

Under the direct guidance of Superintendent Dr. George Parker, Wright will ensure that the daily operations of the school division are aligned with the strategic plan for improvement; and that operational dilemmas are resolved in an efficient and timely manner. Additionally, he will lead the Department of School Leadership, which is responsible for the supervision of schools and advancing student achievement.

Wright brings a wealth of educational leadership to Newport News Public Schools. He has more than 17 years of experience in urban and suburban school divisions having served as Executive Director of Schools and Leadership Development for Isle of Wight County Schools; School Improvement Officer for Houston Independent School District (Texas); Assistant Superintendent for Instruction for Middlesex County Public Schools; and as a high school principal in Hampton City Schools. He began his career as a middle school language arts teacher in Chesterfield County Public Schools.

An accomplished academic leader, Wright developed and led a rigorous plan for improvement for Virginia Beach City Public Schools, which resulted in full accreditation for all schools; and designed and conducted a leadership development and succession plan for school administrators. Under Wright's leadership, VBCPS ranked first in reading SOL scores and is among the highest scoring school divisions in Hampton Roads in mathematics and science SOL tests; exceeded the national average for SAT scores; increased the on-time graduation rate; and doubled the number of schools earning the Virginia Index of Performance awards for academic excellence.

"Rashard Wright will be a great asset to Newport News Public Schools. He has a demonstrated record of success," said Dr. George Parker, Superintendent of Newport News Public Schools. "His expertise will continue to move this school division forward."

Wright holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Virginia Commonwealth University, an Education Specialist degree in Education Administration from The George Washington University and is pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Old Dominion University.