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School Board Names Next Superintendent

Berkley becomes first native Lunenburg man to hold position in decades

As pubished in the K-V Dispatch on August 27, 2014
By Brian Nowlin


New Superintendent Talks Background and Future

In a special called meeting of the Lunenburg County School Board last Wednesday night, the group officially named the next superintendent for the local schools.

The name was a familiar one as Charles Berkley who has been with the local school system since 2004 and currently serves as Director of Operations was unanimously voted in to assume the role of Superintendent on September 1, 2014. The announcement was followed by loud applause from teachers and administrators in attendance.

Mr. Berkley would address the audience and state, “First off, I would like to thank you for the support I have received from the community.” He would continue on to note that he felt a great sense of pride in the fact that he was one of the few native Lunenburg residents to hold this position and the first since Macon Fears held the position four decades ago.

He stated, “I am honored, humbled and excited. Lunenburg County is known for academic excellence, extracurricular programs and a positive and healthy relationship between staff and students.”

Mr. Berkley would continue on to say that he hopes to continue those attributes as well as move them forward into the future. He would offer the following mission statement. “My mission is to maintain and grow a rigorous teaching and learning environment that provides every student with a sense of belonging, while helping the students grow intellectually, emotionally and socially.”

He continued on to say that it will look to build a strong relationship between the schools, students and community in order to help kids get the proper skills to not only graduate, but to be prepared for college studies and the future workforce environment.

Safety has been a big priority in recent years following some school shooting tragedies and Berkley has been at the forefront of that movement in Lunenburg. He has helped implement numerous changes to the school grounds and procedures that were designed to make the schools safer and says that he will continue that focus even in this new position.

He would offer six items that he plans to focus on as LCPS Superintendent. They included, engaging students and helping them graduate in four years, continuing to focus on strategic planning along with system/data analysis, developing policies to support the overall school goals, recruit and retain high quality teachers and staff, increase communication to keep everyone engaged in student learning and to ensure the efficient and effective use of financial resources within the schools.

The contract will begin on September 1 when he officially moves into the new position and runs through June 30, 2017. Mr. Berkley stated at one point that he planned to put every effort into doing a great job for the school system over the next 2 years and 10 months, adding at the end with a laugh, “and hopefully longer.”

Mr. Berkley would give one final message to the students in Lunenburg stating, “To the students I am counting on you to do your best everyday in school, to make use of the resources available and to not be afraid to ask for help from family, teachers or administrators.”