Resignation of Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent

News Release
September 19, 2016

The following is a statement from Fairfax County School Board Chair Sandy Evans:

Earlier this afternoon, Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Karen Garza informed the School Board of her resignation effective on or before December 16, 2016. The School Board is extremely sorry to lose Dr. Garza, but is very grateful for her leadership since 2013. We wish her the very best in her next endeavor.

As the first woman to lead FCPS in its history, Dr. Garza has been a transformational leader who has had a tremendous positive impact on our schools, families, employees, and most importantly the children of Fairfax County. She has taken FCPS to new levels of achievement with vision, candor, and grace. Dr. Garza and her Leadership Team worked closely with the School Board to establish the Portrait of a Graduate and to create our strategic plan, Ignite.

Dr. Garza can be proud of many other significant accomplishments achieved during her tenure. She has focused first and foremost on student achievement, from maintaining FCPS standards of excellence to providing focused attention and action to support our most challenged schools. Dr. Garza succeeded in implementing later high school start times and full day Mondays for elementary students, and reducing elementary class size. A tireless advocate for teachers, she navigated one of the most challenging budget environments in recent memory, and achieved the largest investment in FCPS teacher compensation in a decade.

Under her leadership, FCPS has embarked on a path that will transform our schools in positive ways that benefit all children, our employees, and our community. The School Board is committed to maintaining this path as we find new leadership. The School Board will soon name an interim Superintendent and in the coming weeks will provide details regarding a search process.