This meeting attendance list on this article has been corrected.

WINCHESTER — David Sovine, Frederick County Public Schools superintendent for the past decade, has received a four-year contract extension until 2025.

The School Board on Tuesday night agreed to terminate his existing contract one year early and immediately renewed it for another four years.

The extension, which becomes effective July 1, was approved by a 6-1 vote with Brandon Monk the lone dissenter. Monk explained he supports Sovine’s leadership but disagrees with the contract’s terms. Sovine will earn $246,318, which is up from a 2018 base salary of $193,798.

Monk emailed The Star that his vote “was simply due to particular financial provisions in the contract which I felt shouldn’t be approved without further discussion and more transparency for the taxpayers.” His primary concerns are contractual stipulations allowing for up to $35,000 in additional compensation.

“After a year in which many in our community lost their jobs, were forced to close their businesses, or faced difficult financial cutbacks due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I felt that the raise included was sufficient,” Monk emailed.

In granting the extension, Sovine’s current contract, which runs though June 2022, will be terminated at the end of the month. This comes as three School Board seats are up for grabs in the November election with no incumbents seeking re-election.

Sovine is the longest-serving FCPS superintendent since Melton F. Wright’s 14-year tenure from 1968 to 1982. According to the School Superintendents Association, superintendents’ average tenure in America is five to six years.

School Board Vice Chairwoman Shontyá Washington made a motion for the renewal, which she noted was reviewed by legal counsel and board members during a closed session.

“Congratulations Dr. Sovine for his exemplary service, commitment and continued service to the division and to our students, staff and our entire school community in Frederick County,” Washington said.

Sovine thanked the School Board, saying he looks forward “to serving this great community for four more years.”

Accomplishments during Sovine’s tenure include providing a Chromebook for every K-12 student, implementing full-day kindergarten division-wide, establishing the Bright Futures-Frederick/Winchester nonprofit and having all the division’s schools accredited for the first time in over a decade.

He also developed an equity initiative — which has been criticized by some county supervisors — to ensure fairer outcomes, treatments and opportunities for students “by recognizing, respecting and attending to the diverse strengths and challenges of the students they serve,” as defined by the division.

Two new schools (Frederick County Middle and Jordan Springs Elementary) and a new transportation center have opened during his tenure, with a new Robert E. Aylor Middle School slated to open this fall. Major renovations to James Wood Middle School and Indian Hollow Elementary School are moving forward. And land for the division’s proposed fourth high school has been purchased under Sovine’s leadership.

Before joining the school system, Sovine was Spotsylvania County Public Schools’ executive director of K-12 curriculum and instruction and secondary education. He has also been a teacher and principal.

The meeting was held in-person at the division’s 1415 Amherst St. administration building. Attending were Superintendent David Sovine, School Board Chairman Jay Foreman, Vice Chairwoman Shontyá Washington and members Brian Hester, Bradley Comstock, Michael Lake, Brandon Monk and Frank Wright.

— Contact Anna Merod

at amerod@winchesterstar.com

(29) comments

missliberty

Why did School Board Vice Chairwoman Shontyá Washington make a motion for the renewal of his salary from $193,798 to $246,318. A RAISE OF $52,520 when she attacked Blaine Dunn, Red Bud Board of Supervisor, for making a motion for a pay raise for the BOS which hasn't had a raise 20 years. They earn approx. $5.77 an hour. Doesn't make sense. ???

BryanLNuri

A county supervisor's job is an elected position with no required credentials to qualify and is not a full-time position.

john brown

Good answer! Happy Juneteenth1

Chupacabra

It doesn't count when you are talking to yourself, basement boy bigot.

john brown

That Nuri guy has you real spooked chup...but Happy Juneteenth anyway. I gave my life, Captain John Brown, to make Juneteenth a reality. Why didn't they teach the children about Juneteenth in school? It's American history.

RightSide

The quality of education is Frederick Count is below par. The cost for below par is higher than it should be. In other words, the taxpayers are not getting much bang for the buck. That needs to be fixed.

BryanLNuri

By what metric is FCPS performing at a sub par level?

missliberty

Agree "RightSide" - I have a major problem with one of Mr. Sovine's accomplishments:

Established the FCPS Equity Task Force and launched a division-wide equity program.

I don't like the Marxist program 'Deep Equity' being indoctrinated to our children. This is listed on his page here -

https://www.frederick.k12.va.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=135068&pageId=189739

Spock Here

"indoctrinated" the new buzz word from the kultists...🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

BryanLNuri

More trigger words from someone who doesn't actually understand equitable treatment of children but is nevertheless frightened of the words "Deep Equity".

john brown

Ain't she cute. All upset over something she obviously does not understand... turn the channel

john brown

By the metrics of gore, chup, rightside, dunn, msliberty, lessthanscnott etc etc etc ....

WINCBEST

again, This is our local governments thinking they are worth that kind of money because they want to be little Washington as they have shown over the past years with their salary increases while nobody in the Winchester area even comes close to median average they say the area has. If not for their wages being included we would probable be right above the poverty line with wages. This local government does nothing for the people it is what they want goes. Outrageous salaries and raises when everyone that loss work hurting. See where the stimulus money goes that they received?

BryanLNuri

So what pay is commensurate with someone with his qualifications and experience?

Marymac

Right side, you are wrong! Have you been a teacher in the FCPS system? Your complete ignorance would suggest that you have not- but I have and can speak from first hand experience. Dr Sovine has enormous responsibility which he shoulders with integrity, compassion, dignity and responsiveness. He is readily available to any teacher, student or family. Dr Sovine has been at the mercy of the BOS, who are the irrational people within this discussion- certainly not Dr Sovine. There are no “teacher unions” !!! Where did you get that wrong information? I will strongly support Dr Sovine and the school board, who have to do their best to educate the students in Frederick county while being at the mercy of the intractable, negative and narrow-minded BOS.

GreaterThanScott

"while being at the mercy of the intractable, negative and narrow-minded BOS." all the while the BOS gives the school division a whooping 53% of all taxes collected in Frederick County!!!

RightSide

Why is it ok for progressives to attack the BOS daily, yet conservatives cannot attack the School Board and FCPS? It's a huge double standard. The BOS has had to get involved because the School Board and Sovine have created such a budget MESS. Do you think the tax payers of Frederick County are asking for Equity and Critical Race Theory?? Of course not! It's coming from the leftist, socialist teacher unions. Sovine and local teachers need to shun that nonsense, not push it on us.

RightSide

No teacher unions? I guess you also think Antifa is only ‘an idea"! Nevermind their insurrection in cities all over America that continues with Joe. People have died during these "peaceful" protests. BLM kicked a white man that got too close into a coma last summer. Remember that?

BryanLNuri

Please tell us what teachers unions have authority in Virginia. Also, tell us why BLM started up.

RightSide

Easy. To spread socialism and black supremacy.

Spock Here

There ya have it. "Black Supremacy" 😂😂😂

BryanLNuri

You missed half of my query.

And you have been told about using "socialism" as a blanket pejorative for anything that scares you.

Spock Here

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RightSide

What a travesty. The students of FCPS and the taxpayers are the big losers with this horrible decision. Get ready for more tax increases, equity, and critical race theory. Sovine does what the teacher unions tell him and the School Board is a rubber stamp. The Board of Supervisors then has to do what it can to clean up the mess. Think on this - 10 teachers could get a $2,460 raise if we just had the courage to can Sovine. Only a fool thinks Sovine is worth $246,000 a year. We could do so much better.

BryanLNuri

How much pay is commensurate with his educational level and experience? What is the pay grade for that?

RightSide

Easy. I would pay him zero because I would terminate him WITH cause. He refuses to listen to his bosses, the BOS. We need a Superintendent that is responsive to them since the School Board is Sovine's rubber stamp.

BryanLNuri

How has Sovine done anything different than any previous Superintendent?

Chris 22602

The BOS is not his boss whether you like it or not. He reports to the school board. What do you think someone (not Sovine) should be paid to be the Superintendent?

Chupacabra

Little basement boy bigot is just trying to align himself with those in power so he can try to be on the school board. But we all know that his hatred of the mentally handicapped and people who think differently than he does will not allow him to be voted in. Alas, poor little BROWN SHIRT BOY, stifled by his poor life choices of ignoring traffic laws, making him live in mommy's basement and hoping for rides anywhere since his he can't get his driver's license back for a long time due to his own actions. If the citizens of Frederick County have any sense, they will not allow this man child to be elected to any public office.

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