Shenandoah County schools superintendent resigns

The Shenandoah Valley-Herald

WOODSTOCK — Shenandoah County’s schools superintendent has announced his resignation after almost three years on the job.

The School Board accepted Jeremy Raley’s decision on June 22. He will become the superintendent of Goochland County Public Schools today (July 1), according to that county’s interim superintendent, Stephen Geyer.

Raley’s salary in Goochland County will be $160,000, up from the $119,000 he made in Shenandoah County.

Former Goochland County Superintendent James Lane was named to the head job at Chesterfield County Public Schools in March.

Raley, 42, was chosen as the Shenandoah County’s top schools boss in October 2013. He replaced Keith Rowland, who left in May of that year after six years on the job.

Mark Johnston, the division’s former human resources director, will take over from Raley as interim superintendent until the board approves a permanent replacement, according to a statement released on June 22 by School Board Chairwoman Karen Whetzel.

Johnston was an assistant superintendent for Arlington Public Schools from 2004 to 2011. He joined Shenandoah County Public Schools in December 2013 and retired in August.

Raley didn’t have the easiest tenure as superintendent. During the last three years, he oversaw disagreements between the School Board and the Board of Supervisors over how to fund the school division’s goals, including capital improvements and solutions to school overcrowding.

Raley joined the division as a physical education teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary in Strasburg in 1998. He later became the school’s principal, the division’s finance director and its assistant superintendent of administration and finance.

“Dr. Raley will be missed and we certainly wish him well as he furthers his career in education and helping students succeed,” Whetzel’s statement read.

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