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The School Board voted 6-1 on Monday, May 14, 2012 to hire Dr. Samuel T. King, Superintendent of Rockdale County Public Schools in Georgia, as the next Superintendent of Norfolk Public Schools.
Dr. King's contract begins July 1, 2012. According to the Board, Dr. King will begin in Norfolk on Monday, July 2.
"We are excited about this selection," said Dr. Kirk T. Houston, Sr. "Dr. King has proven success in areas that are vital to us right now."
The Board also expressed much gratitude and praise for Mr. Michael C. Spencer, who has served as Interim Superintendent during the transition.
"We thank Mr. Spencer for doing an excellent job leading the school division through this period," Dr. Houston said.
Dr. King is a native of Smithville, Ga. He is in his seventh year as Superintendent of Rockdale County Public Schools, which lists on its Web site three high schools, four middle schools and 11 elementary schools, as well as a host of non-traditional facilities and programs.
Dr. King began his career as a classroom teacher of mathematics and science at the high school, middle school and elementary school levels.
Dr. King was named Georgia's 2011 Superintendent of the Year by the Georgia School Boards Association and the Georgia School Superintendents Association after being a finalist for three consecutive years.
During his tenure, Rockdale County Public Schools made federal Adequate Yearly Progress for the past six consecutive years, reduced its dropout rate and posted its highest graduation rate since the beginning of the accountability era.