Superintendent of Amherst County Schools set to retire in July

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

(Photo: Courtesy Amherst County Public Schools Facebook)

AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Even though the second half of the 2021-2022 school year just began, Amherst County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert J. Arnold has already announced plans to to retire this summer.

Arnold — who was named superintendent in July 2018 — says he intends to retire on July 1.

Amherst County Public Schools released the following statement on Friday, Jan. 7 about Arnold’s retirement:

A dedicated educator for three decades, Dr. Arnold served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent in Campbell County before being named superintendent of Amherst County Public Schools.

His beliefs and expectations for education have always centered around preparing all students for success post K-12, equal access to highly skilled educators, community investment in the development and success of students, and most importantly always focusing first on what is best for students.

Under his leadership, Amherst County Public Schools has embarked on a journey to create a culture that inspires excellence in academics, career readiness and citizenship in every child, every day. The creation and implementation of a five year comprehensive plan has and will continue to serve as a vital roadmap to success for ACPS students. Dr. Arnold has been closely engaged with the development of the regional CTE Academy as an advocate for cross-divisional networking to support the growth and development of students across the region. Despite the challenges and disruption brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, Amherst County Public Schools was always prepared to meet the needs of all of its students and its community by providing students with Chromebooks, learning packages, internet access, food services, and access to vaccinations and testing. Without the leadership and vision of Dr. Robert Arnold, the students of Amherst County Public Schools would not have experienced a safe, equitable and effective education during this pandemic.

He has also set a standard for initiating collaborative relationships, engaging stakeholders, and providing leadership to the Amherst community throughout his tenure and was named Amherst County Citizen of Year by the Amherst County Chamber of Commerce.

Statement released on Jan. 7, 2022 by Amherst County Public Schools

Arnold also shared a message with the Amherst County Public Schools community on Friday, saying that this was a necessary decision for him and his family, but promising to do everything he can to help with the process of of bringing in a suitable replacement.

You can read Arnold’s letter below:

Amherst County school officials say they will be meeting soon to determine the next steps and a timeline for naming the next superintendent.

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