School board praises work of Dr. Lane
by Larry S. Chowning
The Middlesex County School Board voted unanimously at a special session on September 12 to accept the resignation of county school superintendent Dr. James Lane, effective December 12, 2012.
Dr. Lane has accepted the position of superintendent of schools in Goochland County.
“I cannot even begin to tell you how difficult the decision to leave Middlesex County was for my family,” said Dr. Lane. “I have loved every minute of my four years in Middlesex and will treasure the relationships that I have built with the faculty, staff, students, and community.”
Dr. Lane just started his fifth year in Middlesex and his second year as superintendent. He was first hired in 2008 as the principal of St. Clare Walker Middle School, and later served as assistant superintendent. He was appointed superintendent in November of 2011.
While serving as principal of St. Clare Walker, the school was identified as a “National School to Watch.”
As a school administrator, he collaborated to initiate the iPad program for 5th grade students; helped implement the new SOL curricula and the TracBook database for tracking student progress; and participated in the design process for the proposed Syd Thrift Athletic Complex at Middlesex High School.
Dr. Lane stated, “We have worked together on so many projects over the past four years to build Middlesex County Public Schools as a model school division in the region, and I am honored to have worked with so many amazing professionals and focused students; however, the decision to accept the position in Goochland offers many new opportunities for my personal and professional growth.
“I am excited to start a new chapter in my career and to be closer to home with my family, but I will always look back on my time in Middlesex fondly and will miss my colleagues, the students, and the community greatly.
“It goes without saying that many of the successes we have seen in Middlesex are also in large part due to the leadership of Rusty Fairheart, former superintendent. I am forever grateful for his decision to bring me here and for his guidance and mentorship,” said Dr. Lane.
School board chair Elliott Reed said, “Dr. Lane has worked tirelessly to get our school division on the right path and we have made many new strides under his leadership. He will be missed, but we will work diligently to find a replacement to continue the support he has shown our students and staff.”
Longtime school board member Jim Goforth stated, “We now have excellent principals in place at each school thanks to Dr. Lane’s decision-making. We want them to know that they will continue to be supported, even though I know they are disappointed to see Dr. Lane leave.”
School board vice chair Garland Harrow said, “I want to thank Dr. Lane for his time in Middlesex and for everything he has done to improve the schools in this county. Under his leadership, we have initiated many new projects, including our athletic complex. The board will seek a leader with a background to keep our progress moving forward.”