Superintendent

  • Dr. SovineDr. David T. Sovine is in his 11th year serving as the Superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools. During his tenure, the school division has revised its strategic plan twice, most recently adopting and implementing Inspire 2025: A Promise for Progress. Under Dr. Sovine’s leadership, the school division has also implemented a number of innovative programs including balanced literacy, full-day kindergarten, a preschool program, Profile of a Graduate, an instructional coaching model, the Virginia Tiered Systems of Support, a work-based learning/workforce development program, a 1:1 Chromebook initiative and expanded career and technical education course offerings. During the spring of 2018, Dr. Sovine was selected as the Region IV Superintendent of the Year.

    Dr. Sovine has been an educator for 31 years and served as the Executive Director of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction and Secondary Education in Spotsylvania County immediately prior to becoming Frederick County’s Superintendent of Schools. Prior to serving in central office leadership roles, Dr. Sovine served as a high school principal and middle school principal in Chesterfield County. During his four years as principal at Monacan High School, the school was recognized for two consecutive years by Newsweek as one of the best public high schools in the nation. In his final year as principal there, The Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia presented Sovine with an R.E.B. Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment.

    Before becoming a principal, Dr. Sovine had leadership and teaching experiences at the elementary, middle and high school levels. As a teacher, Dr. Sovine received the prestigious Sallie Mae Teacher Award recognizing him as one of the top 100 new teachers nationally.

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

    Dr. Sovine serves as a Regional Coordinator for the Educational Leadership program at James Madison University. He also serves as an adjunct professor for James Madison University and has served as a guest lecturer at the University of Virginia. He also is very involved in a variety of local, state, and national organizations and boards including the National School Public Relations Association Executive Board, the Virginia Statewide K12 Education Advisory Council, the Virginia School Consortium for Learning, the Washington Area Schools Study Council, the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Governing Board, the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS) Board of Directors, the VASS Legislative Committee, the United Way, the Youth Development Center, Bright Futures-Frederick/Winchester, Bright Futures-USA, the Winchester Medical Center Foundation, the Frederick County Educational Foundation and the Rotary Club of Winchester.

    Selected Achievements During Dr. Sovine’s Tenure as Superintendent of Schools

    • Led collaborative community effort to develop the school division’s updated 2019-2025 strategic plan Inspire 2025: A Promise for Progress
    • Achieved full accreditation of all schools for the first time in more than a decade
    • Implemented a Balanced Literacy program at the elementary level
    • Implemented and expanded a pre-kindergarten program
    • Increased the division’s on-time graduation rate which consistently exceeds the state’s on-time graduation rate
    • Decreased the division’s dropout rate
    • Established the FCPS Equity Task Force and launched a division-wide equity program
    • Addressed increased student diversity and closed achievement gaps among African American and Hispanic students as evidenced by performance on the reading and math Standards of Learning tests
    • Increased enrollment in advanced placement and dual enrollment courses for all students as well as African American, Hispanic, Economically Disadvantaged Students as well Students with Disabilities
    • Increased career and technical education course offerings and implemented a work-based learning/workforce development program utilizing community partnerships
    • Doubled the number of industry certifications earned by students
    • Promoted community engagement through the use of project advocate groups for new construction projects and the creation of the FCPS 101 Community Engagement Program which received a 2018 Golden Achievement Award from the National School Public Relations Association
    • Implemented full-day kindergarten divisionwide
    • Recognized 10 consecutive years for energy conservation efforts with a Platinum Level Award in the Virginia School Boards Association Green Schools Challenge
    • Recognized eight consecutive years with a Meritorious Budget Award from the Virginia Association of School Business Officials
    • Implemented the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) and received the Virginia Department of Education VTSS Leadership Award
    • Implemented an instructional coaching model to support high-quality instruction
    • Implemented a 1:1 Chromebook initiative equipping all students in grades K-12 with Chromebooks
    • Developed and implemented a health and medical sciences career cluster in career and technical education
    • Opened the new Frederick County Public Schools Transportation Center
    • Implemented the use of electronic textbooks for some courses
    • Implemented a number of programs to enhance school safety and security
    • Established Bright Futures-Frederick/Winchester
    • Constructed and opened the replacement Frederick County Middle School
    • Purchased land and secured funding for the design of a fourth high school 
    • Secured approval of an FY22 budget that included the largest salary initiative for FCPS staff in more than a decade
    • Constructed and opened Jordan Springs Elementary School
    • Constructed and opened the replacement Robert E. Aylor Middle School
    • Secured funding to complete renovations at Indian Hollow Elementary School as well as renovations/additions at James Wood High School

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