RICHMOND (WRIC) - Dr. Dana Bedden is the first superintendent to come from outside of Richmond in 17 years and under his leadership, he says students will come first.
"No adult will supersede what I believe we need to do for our children," he says. "That's the mandate that we've been given."
Doctor Bedden shared his vision for the district. He says he will be engaged and approachable.
Parents will also have a role. He wants them to know they can talk with him and share their ideas.
"We have to create a two-way communication process," he says.
Bedden says he shouldn't be expected to "walk on water," but he's ready to tackle the challenges.
Richmond has been plagued with low SOL scores and accreditation issues for years, so Bedden is looking at everything from instructional practices to what the central office is doing to support schools.
"Everything will be on the table, how shall I say, for review and discussion and I have to look at personnel."
Bedden has been the superintendent of school systems in both Texas and Georgia and sees his new post as a great opportunity.
He says he looks forward to being a part of a team that can be an example for other districts.
"One that will be a story that we're proud to tell as we make sure every kid in our schools gets a high-quality education."
The Richmond School Board voted unanimously to go with Bedden. His first day on the job is in January.
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