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Dr. Kimzey talks with Principal Mehess at Central during a recent visitDr. Barbara Kimzey, who has served as Chief Schools Officer in Norfolk Public Schools in Norfolk, Virginia, is the sole finalist for the position of District 60 Superintendent.

Following interviews of the two finalists for the position Thursday, the D60 Board of Education selected Dr. Kimzey as the finalist. Her appointment will become official following a thorough background check and the Board of Education’s consideration and approval of an employment contract. 

In a community “meet and greet” session, Dr. Kimzey stressed the importance of an open dialogue involving all district stakeholders as well as student advisory councils. Her goals include developing, implementing, and monitoring best-practice intervention systems to increase staff retention and student achievement.

Dr. Kimzey previously served as Executive Director of Secondary Schools and Programs in Norfolk Public Schools and is both a former principal and assistant principal.

She began her career teaching high school English and German in Texas and has served extensively in instructional and leadership roles as a volunteer in Texas, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Dr. Kimzey earned a Bachelor of Arts in German from Texas Tech University, a Masters in Educational Leadership from Midwestern State University, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership from The College of William and Mary.

Superintendent Charlotte Macaluso’s last day with the District is June 30. Pending the Board’s final approval of a contract, Dr. Kimzey is expected to start on July 1.