Frederick County School Board Extends Superintendent’s Contract

For Immediate Release
January 17, 2017
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235

The Frederick County School Board voted at its meeting on January 17 to extend the contract of Schools Superintendent Dr. David Sovine through June 30, 2021. Sovine became the Superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools on July 1, 2011, when he succeeded Patricia Taylor following her retirement.

School Board Chairman John Lamanna says, “Since becoming Superintendent, Dr. Sovine has proven to be an exceptional leader with great integrity who works collaboratively with others to achieve the school division’s mission of ensuring all students an excellent education. There have been many innovations and significant achievements during his tenure and our school division is continuing to move forward while being recognized as a leader at the state and national levels thanks to his leadership and his commitment to serving all of our students and their families well. We are looking forward to having him lead our school division for another four years.”

Some of the accomplishments achieved during Sovine’s tenure include:
  • Implementing a Balanced Literacy program at the elementary level
  • Implementing full-day kindergarten divisionwide
  • Implementing an instructional coaching model to support high-quality instruction
  • Implementing a 1:1 Chromebook initiative equipping all students in grades 3-12 with Chromebooks
  • Revising the Division Comprehensive Plan
  • Developing and implementing a health and medical sciences career cluster in career and technical education
  • Opening the new Frederick County Public Schools Transportation Center
  • Constructing and opening the new Frederick County Middle School on time and within budget
  • Implementing the use of electronic textbooks for some courses
  • Implementing a buzz-in entry system to enhance security at all elementary schools
  • Establishing Bright Futures-Frederick County
  • Purchasing land and securing funding for the design of the fourth high school
  • Securing funding for the design of the 12th elementary school
Sovine says, “I’m very appreciative of the support I receive from the School Board as we partner with parents, teachers, support staff, businesses and other members of our community to help prepare students to be successful, engaged citizens. Over the next several years, I’m looking forward to doing my part to continue to improve student academic achievement and future readiness while anticipating and planning for our school division’s future needs.”

The terms of Sovine’s new contract remain unchanged with a base salary of $182,589.

Prior to becoming the Superintendent of Schools in Frederick County, Sovine served as the Executive Director of K12 Curriculum and Instruction and Secondary Education with Spotsylvania County Public Schools in Fredericksburg. He has also worked as a teacher at both the elementary and middle school levels, as an elementary school and high school assistant principal, and as a middle school and high school principal.