Holleran gives one-year notice to school board

by Charlie Koenig - Posted on Jun 18, 2014 - 03:03 PM

Photo: Mathews Superintendent of Schools Dr. David J. Holleran, pictured here during Saturday’s Mathews High School graduation, will retire at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Photo by Charlie Koenig

Mathews Superintendent of Schools Dr. David J. Holleran, pictured here during Saturday’s Mathews High School graduation, will retire at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Photo by Charlie Koenig

Mathews County Superintendent of Schools Dr. David J. Holleran has put the school board on notice that the 2014-2015 school year will be his last as the division’s top administrator.

He made the announcement during Tuesday night’s school board meeting, which was held in the Mathews High School media center. Holleran, 51, said he gave the somewhat lengthy notice in order to provide the school board with sufficient time to find a successor and insure a smooth administrative transition.

“I want the board to have plenty of time to find somebody,” he said after Tuesday’s meeting.

When Holleran steps down as superintendent next June, he will have served 12 years. Prior to that, Harry M. Ward served 17 years as Mathews County schools superintendent.

Having only two superintendents serve one division over a nearly 30-year span is something rare in Virginia nowadays. According to an analysis conducted by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, as of July, more than half of Virginia’s 133 public school superintendent jobs will have turned over since the start of 2012.

School board member Jen Little said she appreciated Holleran’s extended notice. Calling him “a star superintendent,” Little said that the official notice a year in advance “just goes along with your professionalism.”