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Kizner announces resignation

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Kizner announces resignation

Superintendent Scott Kizner (left) presents with Mia Karr and Cynthia Prieto at the JEA/NSPA Fall 2014 National Journalism Convention in Washington, D.C.

Superintendent Scott Kizner (left) presents with Mia Karr and Cynthia Prieto at the JEA/NSPA Fall 2014 National Journalism Convention in Washington, D.C.

Valerie Kibler

Superintendent Scott Kizner (left) presents with Mia Karr and Cynthia Prieto at the JEA/NSPA Fall 2014 National Journalism Convention in Washington, D.C.

Valerie Kibler

Valerie Kibler

Superintendent Scott Kizner (left) presents with Mia Karr and Cynthia Prieto at the JEA/NSPA Fall 2014 National Journalism Convention in Washington, D.C.

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After overseeing eight schools and the conception of two new schools within his eight-year stint as HCPS’ superintendent, Scott Kizner has announced his resignation effective Sept. 1, 2018. Kizner has accepted a new role as the superintendent of Stafford County Public Schools.

The interviewing process for Kizner’s Stafford superintendent role began six weeks ago. After his time in Harrisonburg ends, he will be moving to Stafford County part time, but will later be required to fully move to the county, leaving “The Friendly City” of Harrisonburg.

“Harrisonburg is a very difficult place to leave. I’ve been very, very fortunate to meet amazing young people, great students. I’ve also been very fortunate to be surrounded by the most passionate and professional staff that I’ve dealt with,” Kizner said.

In respects of Stafford’s school board policy, Kizner wasn’t able to make the announcement public until he was formally approved. His approval came July 17, 2018. Once his term as Stafford’s superintendent begins, Kizner hopes to immerse himself in the new community.

“I think in the beginning I want to learn what people are most proud of. I want to learn what people think we need to do to help improve the school system. I surely want to meet as many teachers, as many administrators, parents and community members as [possible]… I try to visit schools every day because I want to get the chance to observe and meet people,” Kizner said.

Principal Cynthia Prieto said that the announcement was sudden and unexpected.

“We’re always looking for new opportunities and growth, I wish him the best… I’m sure like all new jobs, it’s all exciting, it’s scary. There’s a lot going to happen in the next month for him,” Prieto said.

Kizner has more than 18 years of experience as a school superintendent, HCPS being only one of the school systems he’s worked for. After working with HCPS for the past eight years, Kizner believes he’s left the school system in great hands. 

“The school system and the community will work together to make sure they meet the needs of every child… and we value our success based on how we provide young people with the rich education they deserve. That’s my hope,” Kizner said. 

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