FCPS’ Commitment to Equity to Remain Strong Under New Leadership
Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand has announced that Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) continued commitment to equity will be led by Dr. Nardos King as interim chief equity officer. King, who is currently the assistant superintendent for Region 3, will take over the role from Dr. Lisa Williams, effective December 6.
The appointment reasserts FCPS’ commitment to ensuring the work of centering equity remains at the forefront of all decisions the school division makes.
The Virginia Department of Education defines equity as the commitment to eliminating the predictability of student outcomes based on race, gender, zip code, ability, socio-economic status, and/or languages spoken at home. This vision of equity requires that students have access to high quality learning programs that enable them to maximize their potential.
Equity in FCPS means meeting every child where they are and guiding them to success and achievement. That work occurs in classrooms as well as playgrounds, cafeterias, libraries, athletic facilities, offices, and anywhere students learn and grow.
The chief equity officer oversees the division’s work to promote equity and diversity in all areas of school and division operations. This includes policy guidance, guiding the closing of the achievement gap, and leading professional development. The chief equity officer also works to increase diversity among staff, especially teachers, to support students of all backgrounds.
“Equity is the foundation of all we do here in FCPS and in public education in general,” said Superintendent Scott Brabrand. “Our goal is to support every student by name and by need on their path to success. Equity ensures that the students who may require greater or different support get the care they need.”
King will serve in the interim role while the School Board conducts a search for the next superintendent. The timing will allow the next superintendent the opportunity to hire someone who meets their vision into this key leadership position.
“A superintendent and chief equity officer must share a vision about equity in public education,” Dr. Brabrand explains. “It is important that the next leader of FCPS is involved in hiring a permanent chief equity officer, and that they are able to collaborate in this work.
King has served as the assistant superintendent for Region 3 since July 2019. Prior to that, she served as the executive principal for Region 1; as the executive director for secondary schools and assistant superintendent for high schools in Baltimore County Public Schools; and as the principal of Mount Vernon High School, a Fairfax County public school.
Dr. Grace Taylor, currently the executive principal for Region 3, will serve as the interim regional assistant superintendent for Region 3 in King’s absence.