Botetourt County Public Schools’ new superintendent hosts drive-thru meet and greet

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BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Stopping for a few minutes, staff, parents, and students in Botetourt County made it out to meet their new superintendent, Dr. John Russ.

“I’ve been impressed with the number of parents that have shown up,” Russ said.

Dr. Russ notes that a universal demand from parents has been more communication. He says he wants them to have the most up-to-date information.

“We’ve already changed our plan since June 29,” Russ pointed out. “I won’t be surprised if there’s another change, depending on COVID results, COVID numbers, before we actually start school. So I think the key, right now, for all of the employees, our parents, our community is to remain flexible.”

Dr. Russ brings almost 20 years of experience in school administration to Botetourt County, but in times like this, he’s more than willing to have an open door policy.

“I think just being a collaborative leader and being willing and accepting other peoples’ input is key to being successful,” he said.

Only on the job for a month, the interactions from staff and families, alike, give Dr. Russ confidence in his new school system.

“They’re not always going to agree with our decisions, and I’m OK with that,” Dr. Russ said. “I would take parental involvement, good and bad. At least I know they’re invested in their children and how their education is going to be like.”

At this point, Botetourt County Public Schools are set to start school on Aug. 24.

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