BLAND COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Following a weeks-long process, the Bland County School Board has finished its search for a new superintendent.

(Photo courtesy: Bland County Public Schools)

According to Bland County Public Schools, Laura Radford — a county native with 29 years of experience working for the district — has been selected as the school system’s new leader.

The current superintendent, Scott Meade, is set to retire on June 30, at which point, Radford will step into her new role.

Laura Radford began her career in public education in Bland County as a classroom teacher, having taught at
various levels within the district. During her years of teaching, Mrs. Radford served on the school leadership team, school improvement committee, textbook adoption committee, gifted and SPED committee, Title I planning committee; SACS review committee and calendar committee. She has also served as a mentor to new teachers, provided tutoring for at-risk students, sponsored the Junior Beta Club, served as an assistant
basketball coach, and organized field day, awards day, and after prom activities. Additionally, Mrs. Radford has served as the STEM-UP program director since 2016. In 2017, Mrs. Radford took the helm as principal of Bland County Elementary School. She served in this capacity until June, 2020, at which time she was hired as Supervisor of Special Services for BCPS.

Mrs. Radford graduated from Bluefield College in 1992 with a B.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies PK-4 & 4-8. In 2013, she received her Endorsement in Gifted Education from University of Virginia. Mrs. Radford earned her Ed. Administration and Supervision PK-12 from Liberty University in 2016. She added her Ed. S. Educational Leadership from Liberty University in 2020, along with gaining her Division Superintendent License from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Statement released on May 5, 2022 by Bland County Public Schools