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The superintendent of the Williamsburg-James City County school division will be staying on as its leader through 2019.
The WJCC School Board approved a four-year contract extension for Superintendent Steve Constantino, keeping him in the Williamsburg area through June 2019.
Constantino’s current contract, which was approved in 2013, had two years remaining on it. The new contract replaces the time remaining on Constanino’s active contract.
Under the new contract, Constantino’s salary will be $187,368.
School Board Chairman Jim Kelly (Jamestown) said the contract extension was a positive move for the school division.
“This is a message that this board is sending to Dr. Constantino that we appreciate his service and that we want to keep him,” Kelly said. “We are looking for continuity and continuity in leadership in our school system, and I think that bodes well for us, and it bodes well for our teachers, and it bodes well for our community that we committed to Dr. Constantino, as well as he is committed to us.”
Constantino came to WJCC in 2010 from Cobb County (Ga.) schools, replacing interim superintendent Scott Burckbuchler, who filled in after Gary Mathews left the division to take over Newton County (Ga.) schools.
Before coming to the Williamsburg area, Constantino served in the executive administration of Cobb County schools, the second largest school system in Georgia with 107,000 students and 114 schools. He also served as principal of Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas from 1995-2003, and was a professor of education at George Mason University.
Constantino is on the speaker’s circuit as an expert on family engagement in public education, and has written three books on the subject: “Making Your School Family Friendly,” “Engaging All Families” and “101 Ways to Create Real Family Engagement.”
Constantino received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the State University of New York at Potsdam, and a certificate of advanced study in educational administration from the State University of New York at Cortland. He received a doctorate of education in educational leadership and policy study from Virginia Tech in 2002.
Correction 6/17/2015: This story has been updated to correct the name of former WJCC Superintendent Gary Mathews.
Update 6/18/2015: This story has been updated to include Constantino’s new salary.