Archive for December, 2012

School Board Appoints New Superintendent

December 4, 2012

Middlesex County Public Schools is proud to announce that Thomas W. Taylor, Ed.D. has been named Middlesex County Public Schools’ Superintendent, with a contract starting on January 1, 2013 and running through June 30, 2016. Dr. Taylor is to succeed Dr. James F. Lane, who is leaving Middlesex County to become the Superintendent of Schools in Goochland County.


Dr. Taylor currently serves as the principal of Charlottesville High School, overseeing more than 1200 students and over 150 staff members. Dr. Taylor also participates in and leads numerous division-wide committees at the central office level for the Charlottesville City Schools. At the University of Virginia, Dr. Taylor is an adjunct professor and teaches graduate level courses in school finance and public school administration.

Prior to his service in Charlottesville, Dr. Taylor was an assistant principal, school improvement specialist (assessment coordinator), and social studies teacher at Landstown High School and Technology Academy (2300 students) in Virginia Beach, Virginia. While serving as the school improvement specialist at Landstown in 2006, the Virginia Beach City Public Schools recognized Dr. Taylor with the Superintendent’s Quality Award for his effort leading a team that significantly increased English SOL scores. In 2005, Dr. Taylor was named a “Distinguished Teacher” by his colleagues for his work as a social studies teacher and activity sponsor at Landstown High School. Dr. Taylor began his career in education as a substitute teacher and then as a social studies teacher in Chesapeake, Virginia, before moving to Virginia Beach.

Since his tenure began in 2008 at Charlottesville High School, Dr. Taylor is credited with leading the school to increased achievement for all students, increased student attendance, increased graduation rates, and increased technological enhancements, while also dramatically decreasing the dropout rate and student disciplinary infractions. Dr. Taylor currently serves on the Virginia High School League’s Executive Committee and the Region Ten Community Services Board. Dr. Taylor is the nationally recognized winner of the (University of Virginia) Curry School of Education Foundation Outstanding Principal alumni award for 2012.

Dr. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social sciences and secondary education from Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, a Master of Education degree in educational leadership from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and a Doctor of Education degree in education policy from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Dr. Taylor’s doctoral dissertation focused on superintendent leadership and is titled “Superintendent Levels of Desirability for Professional Development.” Dr. Taylor is the 2008 winner of the prestigious William H. Seawell memorial award from the Curry School of Education Foundation for scholarship in the University of Virginia Superintendent’s preparation program.

Dr. Taylor is married to Elizabeth Lee Taylor of Essex County and is the proud father of three daughters: Sydney (age 16), Macy (age 10), and Ellee (age 5). Dr. Taylor said, “I am honored to be joining such an outstanding school system. I am humbled by the trust that the School Board has placed in me, and I will work tirelessly to build on our recent successes as a school division. I am excited to meet with the students, parents, teachers, staff, and community members to hear their ideas on how to make MCPS an even better place for students to learn. I am confident that through community engagement and collaboration, we will see amazing student achievement and community outcomes. My family and I are thrilled to move closer to friends and family; we can’t wait to join the Middlesex community.”

School Board Chairman, Elliott Reed adds “Dr. Taylor stood out among other candidates as someone who could really connect with our community long term. He has a proven track record of holding high expectations and leading all students to personal and academic success. The Board is confident that we will continue on our current path toward excellence under Dr. Taylor’s leadership.”

The appointment of Dr. Taylor has been made official by a School Board vote in open session on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 1:00 PM.

Middlesex County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Michael Cromartie will serve the division’s 1150 students and over 200 staff members as acting superintendent. Cromartie will begin as acting superintendent on December 11 and serve through December 31. “I am appreciative of the confidence our school board has shown me as we continue our transition. Our collective emphasis will persist to be maintaining a laser focus on each student’s achievement,” said Cromartie.

Mr. Cromartie joined Middlesex County Public Schools as assistant superintendent on January 3, 2012 and has been instrumental in leading the division’s academic agenda and 1:1 technology initiative, specifically the 5th grade iPad project at Middlesex Elementary School. Cromartie will resume as assistant superintendent on January 2, 2013.

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