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The School Board of Bristol Virginia Public Schools invites applications and nominations for the position of Superintendent.

The City

Bristol, Virginia is a city strategically situated in the southeastern United States. Bristol is part of the metropolitan statistical area of Bristol, Johnson City, and Kingsport, commonly called the Tri-Cities.

The Division


Preparing all students to thrive in a dynamically changing world.


Bristol Virginia Public Schools will be a safe, nurturing environment where all students reach their maximum personal potential. By equipping students with 21st century skills and facilities, we will empower all students to be global citizens who think critically, solve problems, and communicate through a variety of mediums. We will encourage all students to be creative and innovative as they engage collaboratively to solve real world problems.


Bristol Virginia Public Schools builds relationships with students, families, and members of the community to promote learning excellence through individualization to inspire thoughtful, productive, and responsible citizens who can solve problems and are equipped with the skills needed to be successful in the 21st century. We will provide modern facilities equipped with appropriate technology to ensure all students are prepared for 21st century careers and continued education.


Bristol Virginia Public Schools believes in providing a wide range of programs, classes, and pupil services to accommodate students’ varying abilities and needs. Our goal is for each student to fully develop their mental, emotional, and physical potential while recognizing their individual worth and responsibilities in a free society.


The Bristol Virginia Public Schools is comprised of four pre-k/kindergarten-5th grade elementary schools, one 6-8th grade middle school, and one 9-12th grade comprehensive high school. A new intermediate school is expected to open in August 2024, at which point the four elementary schools will consolidate into one pre-K- 1st grade primary school and a 2-5th grade intermediate school. All schools are fully accredited by the Virginia Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


The division’s annual budget for 2022-2023 is $42,787,379, with a per pupil expenditure of $22,843.

Total Student Enrollment: 2,195

Full Time Employees: 354

On-time Graduation Rate: 88.6%

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Commensurate with experience and qualifications.


The board has established the following qualifications for the next superintendent of Bristol Virginia Public Schools:

  • Once hired, the candidate must be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia, with living in the City of Bristol preferred.
  • Teaching experience is required.
  • An earned Doctorate is preferred.
  • Building level administrator experience is preferred.

In addition to the above requirements, candidates should also demonstrate the following:

  • Consistent presence in the schools, school activities, and the community.
  • Advocates for the schools and communicates effectively on behalf of the school division.
  • Expertise in curriculum and instruction.
  • Experience in budgeting and finance.

Candidates must meet the legal requirements to be licensed or be eligible for licensure as a superintendent in Virginia. Questions concerning the eligibility requirement should be directed to the Office of Professional Licensure, State Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, VA 23218-2120, Telephone: (804) 371-2522.

Application Procedures

Completed applications are due by May 26, 2023.

Candidates should not contact School Board members. Inquiries should be directed to Gina Patterson, Executive Director, Virginia School Boards Association, 200 Hansen Road, Charlottesville, VA 22911, 434-295-8722 or [email protected].

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