VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS

  • Governor Northam at VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • Governor McAuliffe at VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • First Lady Leads Panel Discussion on Virginia's Early Childhood Education Initiatives
  • General Assembly Members Address Budget and Legislative Issues At Winter Conference
  • VASS Professional Learning Committee at Winter Conference
  • Governor Northam at VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • First Lady of Virginia at Annual Winter Conference
  • Past Presidents
  • Happy Hosts
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • Virginia Regional Superintendents of the Year Recognized at VASS Spring Conference
  • Hampton Superintendent Jeff Smith Selected as Virginia Superintendent of the Year
  • Governor Northam at VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference

    VASS Officers, staff, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction pose for photo opportunity with Governor Northam during the recent 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference in Richmond. From left to right: VASS President Doug Schuch; VASS President-elect Amy Griffin; VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser; Virginia Governor Ralph Northam; VASS Legislative Liaison Tom Smith; Virginia State Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane; and VASS Legislative Consultant Laura Fornash.
  • Governor McAuliffe at VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference

    Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (left) and Nasser Chanda, CEO of VASS Associate Partner Paymerang, participate in a Q&A session on cybersecurity in Virginia's public schools during the 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference.
  • First Lady Leads Panel Discussion on Virginia's Early Childhood Education Initiatives

    Virginia's First Lady Pamela Northam (middle) leads the panel discussion on Virginia's Early Childhood Education Initiatives during the VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference. From left to right: VASS President and panel moderator Doug Schuch; First Lady Pamela Northam; Deputy Secretary of Education Holly Coy; VDOE Chief School Readiness Officer Jenna Conway; Charlottesville City Schools Superintendent Rosa Atkins; and Wythe County Schools Superintendent Scott Jefferies.
  • General Assembly Members Address Budget and Legislative Issues At Winter Conference

    Members of the General Assembly discuss public education funding during the VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference. From left to right: Senator Mark Peake; Delegate Lamont Bagby; and Delegate Roslyn Tyler.
  • VASS Professional Learning Committee at Winter Conference

    Members of the VASS Professional Learning Committee pose for a group photo during their recent meeting in Richmond during the Winter Conference. Back row from left to right: Region VII Representative Rob Graham; Region VI Representative Gene Kotulka; VASS President Doug Schuch; Region IV Representative Mark Johnston; VASS Superintendents Leadership Academy Director Marcus Newsome; Region V Representative Doug Straley; VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser. Front row from left to right: VASS Associate Executive Director Andy Stamp; Committee Co-chair Scott Kizner; At-Large Representative Gena Keller; Committee Co-chair Laura Abel; VASS President-elect Amy Griffin; Region V Chair Andrea Whitmarsh; VASS Past President Jeff Smith.
  • Governor Northam at VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference

    Governor Northam (left) shares a light moment with VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser (middle) and VASS Legislative Liaison Tom Smith (right) during the VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference.
  • First Lady of Virginia at Annual Winter Conference

    VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser (left) and First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam discuss Virginia's Early Childhoold Education Initiative during the Annual Winter Conference.
  • Past Presidents

    VASS Past Presidents Jennifer Parish, Superintendent of Poquoson City Schools, (left) and Jeff Smith, Superintendent of Hampton City Schools, at the Annual Winter Conference.
  • Happy Hosts

    2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference hosts VASBO Executive Director Steve Batesman (left) and VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser enjoyed emceeing the 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference.
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference

    Winter Conference participants enjoyed themselves while participating in the 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Conference.
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference

    Westmoreland County Schools Superintendent Mike Perry (left) and VASS Director of the Superintendents Leadership Academy Marcus Newsome discuss budget issues at the Annual Winter Conference.
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference

    Virginia Education Legislative Liaison Chris Whitley (left) and VASS Legislative Committee Chair David Sovine at the VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference.
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference

    Left to right: Virginia Deputy Secretary of Education Holly Coy, VASS President-elect Amy Griffin and VASS Board member Andrea Whitmarsh at the 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference.
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference

    Wythe County Schools Superintendent Scott Jefferies (center) discusses his division's early childhoold education pilot program as Charlottesville City Schools Superintendent Rosa Atkins (left) and Virgnia State Board of Education member Francisco Duran (right) listen during an Annual Winter Conference panel discussion on early childhood education.
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference

    Stephanie Lennon, who is in charge of Strategic Partnerships in Virginia at EF Education First a VASS Associate Partner, (left) and Stan Jones, Superintendent of Danville City Schools, take time out at the Winter Conference.
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference

    VASS President Doug Schuch (foreground) relaxes in between sessions at the VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference as VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser (background) checks his script for the next event.
  • Virginia Regional Superintendents of the Year Recognized at VASS Spring Conference

    Eight Regional Superintendendents of the Year receive their awards at the 2019 VASS Annual Spring Conference.
  • Hampton Superintendent Jeff Smith Selected as Virginia Superintendent of the Year

    Jeffery Smith (center), Hampton City Superintendent and VASS President, is recognized as the Virginia Superintendent of the Year during the 2019 VASS Annual Spring Conference.

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  • State Leaders, Local Business & Legislative Advocates Attend Annual VASS/VASBO Conference

    State Leaders, Local Business & Legislative Advocates Attend Annual VASS/VASBO Conference

    VASS and VASBO kicked off the new year by hosting the State and Local Business & Legislative Advocates Annual Conference in Richmond, VA. Current Governor Ralph Northam was one of the conference headliners. He emphasized the importance of increasing teacher pay, expanding funding for counselors in an effort to decrease their student ratio from 450 students to 250 students, and additional funding to support “At Risk” students. He also discussed the importance of renovating and building school facilities. He said innovation, STEM, broadband, and technology help support school structures. 

  • Financial Resources, not More Reforms, are Needed to Improve Public Education

    Financial Resources, not More Reforms, are Needed to Improve Public Education

    It is no secret that America’s schools face great challenges, including a shortage of high-quality teachers and an ever-growing achievement gap in many underserved communities. 

    This issue has been recognized for decades, tracing back to the pivotal date in 1983 when President Ronald Reagan’s National Commission on Excellence in Education disseminated “A Nation at Risk,” a seminal report that has shaped reform efforts to the present day.

    Despite the changes and innovations spawned by this report, our public schools have continued to struggle under the weight of misguided reform and legislation. Meanwhile, politicians neglected to consider the thing that might improve education the most but never emerged as part of a far-reaching solution set: investing more public money in our teachers and children. Today, we must rectify that mistake and properly fund our schools. 

  • Hampton Superintendent Named as Finalist for National Superintendent of the Year

    Hampton Superintendent Named as Finalist for National Superintendent of the Year

    Hampton City Schools Superintendent and VASS Past President Jeffery Smith was recently selected by AASA as one of four finalists to compete in the National Superintendent of the Year competition.  The distinction of National of Superintendent of the Year honors school system leaders throughout the country who are making a positive difference in the lives of the students they serve. 

    Jeffery will compete with three other superintendents for the national honor which will be announced at the AASA National Conference on Education in San Diego, February 13-15.   

  • Dr. Jeffery O. Smith named Virginia's Superintendent of the Year

    Dr. Jeffery O. Smith named Virginia's Superintendent of the Year

    Dr. Jeffery O. Smith, Superintendent of Hampton City Schools, was named Virginia’s Superintendent of the Year at the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS) Annual Awards Luncheon today  in Roanoke.  He was selected by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Presidents of the Virginia Board of Education, the Virginia Education Association, the Virginia Parent and Teacher Association, the Virginia School Boards Association, the Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals, and the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals, and the President-elect of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents.

  • "VASS Buyers Guide" is Now Online

    VASS worked with Strategic Value Media to create the guide, a web portal to a large network of vendors that supply goods and services to educators. The guide, which highlights companies that are VASS Business Members, is designed to help school division leaders make efficient and fully informed purchasing decisions.


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VASS Buyers Guide

  • The VASS Buyers guide offers VASS members an efficient way to browse for goods and services for their divisions.

    The companies that support VASS through business memberships are highlighted in the guide.

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