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Board of Education Names Next WCPS Superintendent

Posted June 22, 2022

Photo of Dr. David SovineThe Washington County Board of Education (WCBOE) is pleased to announce Dr. David T. Sovine has been selected to serve as the next superintendent of Washington County Public Schools (WCPS). The Board held a special public meeting this afternoon to make the announcement to the community and to ratify Sovine’s contract.

Dr. Sovine was selected as a finalist for the WCPS superintendent position as part of the WCBOE’s recruitment effort, which was conducted with the assistance of an executive search firm. Dr. Sovine has worked in education for over 30 years and is currently serving as superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools in Virginia, a position which he has held for the last 11 years.

Melissa Williams, WCBOE president, says, “Dr. Sovine comes to us experienced and accomplished as a superintendent. As he is guided by what is best for all students, I am confident that he will build on the successes of WCPS and work hard in the spirit of continuous improvement. As Board President, I'm eager to begin working with him to build a cohesive and effective governance team, and I'm excited about what lies ahead for Washington County Public Schools and the students that will be served under his leadership.”

Stan Stouffer, WCBOE vice president, adds, “Dr. Sovine possesses the credentials, experience, vision, and proven accomplishments to lead WCPS into a new era. I look forward to working with him for the highest benefit of our students and ultimately the future of the Washington County community.”

Sovine announced his retirement from Frederick County Public Schools at a public Board meeting Tuesday evening. His retirement is effective Thursday, June 30, 2022. He will begin serving as superintendent of WCPS on Friday, July 1, 2022. 

"I am both honored and excited to be selected to serve as the next Superintendent of Washington County Public Schools. As I begin my new role next week, I am looking forward to building relationships with students and their families, school system staff, business leaders, and other members of the greater community,” Sovine says. “I am a firm believer in relational, servant leadership and collaboration. As I begin working together with the Board of Education and community to build upon the success of Washington County’s high-performing school system, I am looking forward to engaging with various stakeholders in order to hear their perspectives on the best path forward as we work to serve the community’s children and prepare them to be successful, engaged citizens."

During his tenure as superintendent in Virginia, Dr. Sovine led programs to enhance literacy, expand preschool and kindergarten, provide 1:1 Chromebook devices for K-12 students, and offer additional course opportunities in career and technical education. He began his educational career as a teacher at elementary, middle, and high school levels before he became a principal at the secondary level. He also previously served as the executive director of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction and Secondary Education in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. 

Dr. Sovine holds a Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia University Institute of Technology and a Master of Education degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Virginia.