Please join us for a floating farewell reception on Tuesday, June 11 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at King’s Fork Middle School.
Dr. Deran R. Whitney, Superintendent of Suffolk Public Schools, announced his retirement at the April 11th meeting of the Suffolk School Board.
Here is the letter he read:
To the Suffolk Community:
It is with mixed emotions that I officially announce my retirement from public education effective September 1, 2019. On this date, it will mark roughly 30 years of serving students, staff, teachers, and parents in various roles. Over the last nine years, as superintendent, I have had the opportunity to be a part of many decisions that have improved the Suffolk community. I am most thankful for the opportunity to develop quality relationships over the years with students, teachers, staff, parents, community leaders and elected officials.
When I began my tenure in 2010 we faced major budget challenges, however with the focus on continuous improvement we prevailed and grew in many areas as a school division: adding the third specialty high school program, community service graduation requirements, a focus on STEM education, a thorough classification and compensation plan, an award winning elementary summer school program, integrating the use of Chromebooks, developing a Teacher Supply Store, effective strategic planning the building of three schools, and improved student performance. Each of these initiatives and accomplishments was possible due to the effective school and community relations we have maintained to truly make Every Child A Star!
This has been a rewarding experience and I appreciate the trust and relationships I have experienced with all school board members. While I do have mixed emotions, I do look forward to my next chapter. Thank you for entrusting me in this role!
With gratitude and appreciation,
Deran R. Whitney, Ed.D.
Suffolk Public Schools