Superintendent David Sovine Announces His Retirement

  • After serving 11 years as the Superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools, Dr. David Sovine has announced his retirement effective the end of the business day on June 30, 2022.  Sovine says, “I am very proud of the many things that have been accomplished during my tenure.  I have been fortunate to be surrounded by an outstanding group of educational leaders in each of our schools and within the central office.  Thanks to their support, the support of the school board members with whom I have worked and our many community partners, Frederick County Public Schools has made great progress since 2011.  I’m confident that will continue well beyond my retirement.”

    During Sovine’s tenure, the school division has focused on a number of initiatives including early literacy, providing all students with the supports necessary to succeed, and the development and implementation of the division’s strategic plan Inspire 2025: A Promise for Progress.  Sovine says, “I strongly believe each and every child can realize their dreams and aspirations when high expectations are set for them and they have access to the supports and rigorous coursework necessary to prepare them to be successful and life ready regardless of what they choose to pursue after earning their high school diploma.  Early literacy is the key to life-long learning which is why full-day kindergarten, pre-K and our Balanced Literacy program have been so important for student success.”

    In addition to implementing the Virginia Tiered Systems of Support, a data-informed framework for establishing a variety of supports in order for schools to provide effective learning environments for all students, Sovine partnered with community and business leaders to establish Bright Futures Frederick/Winchester in 2014 to help support student needs.  

    He says, “When I began my time as Superintendent, half of our elementary schools were not fully accredited and ranked in the bottom 10 percent of elementary schools in the state based on student achievement on the Standards of Learning (SOL) exams.  We also had a middle school that had not been fully accredited for a decade and was in the bottom five percent of middle schools in the state based on students’ performance on the SOL exams.  As I prepare for my retirement, all of our schools are fully accredited.  That is a result of the hard work and dedication of our teachers, administrators and support staff.  Their work and commitment to continuous improvement has made a positive impact on our students and schools.”  He adds, “Our strategic plan, Inspire 2025, is the framework that will enable the school division to build upon its many successes.  As that plan continues to be implemented over the next several years, I’m confident Frederick County Public Schools will continue to create deeper, more authentic learning experiences for all students.” 

    Sovine points to the Virginia Department of Education designating Frederick County Public Schools as a School Division of Innovation as one piece of evidence that suggests the school division is positioned for continued success.  The designation recognizes those school divisions that are designing and implementing alternatives to traditional instructional practices and school structures that will improve student learning; educational performance; and college, career and citizenship readiness skills.  

    Sovine says, “As I prepare to move into my next chapter and reflect on how far we have come over the past 11 years, it is clear our successes are the result of having high-quality staff, building trusting relationships and being committed to working together.  Our students and schools have benefited from many outstanding community partners.  In addition, the safety and security of our schools has been greatly enhanced thanks to the outstanding relationships we enjoy with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and the Frederick County Fire and Rescue Department.  These partnerships exemplify what can be accomplished when we focus on doing what is best for our students without regard for who receives the credit for positive change.” 

    Sovine adds, “I want to thank all of the teachers, administrators and support staff who have diligently served our students during my tenure.  I also want to thank our many community partners and the thousands of students and families we have served over the years for the encouragement, passion and energy they provided to me as I worked each day to do what was best for our students, staff and community.  I remain passionate about supporting students and making a positive impact on communities through Pre K-12 public education.  As I leave my current role, I do so with a great sense of pride in Frederick County Public Schools and the knowledge that my work is not done.”