Dinwiddie County Public Schools Superintendent David Clark has announced that he will retire after the 2016-2017 school year. Clark has been the superintendent since 2010 and also served as an assistant superintendent for two years prior to that. He said that he does not have set plans for his retirement, but he does plan to stay in the area.
“I don’t plan on fully retiring,” Clark said. “I’d like to find something part-time, maybe in the field of education or maybe something related to that.”
School Board Chairwoman Barbara Pittman said that Clark has served the school system during years of budget shortfalls and has done a good job of handling that challenge.
“He is very talented in the areas of finance and building management and transportation,” Pittman said.
Clark has also overseen a number of other changes and developments during his time as superintendent. He said that the division has increased its use of technology in recent years, both in the classroom and also in areas such as substitute teacher scheduling. Clark said that more students have also been taking advantage of dual enrollment opportunities, Advanced Placement classes, and programs at Rowanty Technical Center. He also said that, thanks to funding from the county, the division has been able to do renovations during the last few years, such as upgrades to the athletic fields.
Clark said that two of his goals for this year are to achieve full accreditation for the middle school and to continue to increase the graduation rate, which has already been improving.
“We did see a significant increase at the high school level this year,” Clark said.
Clark grew up in Petersburg and has worked in the area throughout his entire career. It was not always his plan to go into education, but his mother was a teacher, and he and his sister both became teachers. Clark’s wife, Lynn, is a reading specialist at Walton Elementary in Prince George County, and he has two sons, Matthew, 29, and Daniel, 25. He credits his long career in education to the support of his family.
Clark began his career in 1980, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree from the College of William and Mary and going to work as an in-school suspension coordinator at Prince George High School. He also coached soccer and basketball and later taught health, physical education, and driver’s education. He credits his involvement in athletics and his relationships with mentors with leading him into administration.
“I had some good mentors through the years that I think encouraged me to go that route,” Clark said.
He earned a Masters of Economics in 1986 and a Certification in Administration and Supervision in 1990, both from Virginia State University. He then became an assistant principal at J. E. J. Moore Middle School in Disputanta in 1994 and went on to serve as assistant principal at Prince George High, principal of J. E. J. Moore, and, finally, principal of Prince George High. While there, he continued his education with doctoral studies in educational leadership and policy. Clark came to Dinwiddie County Public Schools in 2007 to serve as the assistant superintendent of instruction.
Clark has also held leadership roles beyond the school division, serving on committees such as the Virginia High School League’s Executive Committee. He was also named the Region 1 Superintendent of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents.