|Superintendent - Dr. Rita Bishop
Dr. Rita D. Bishop has served as Superintendent of Schools since her return to Roanoke on August 1, 2007, after having served for three years as Superintendent of Schools in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Bishop served as Associate Superintendent for Instruction in Roanoke City Schools from 1994-2004. Prior to her arrival in Roanoke in 1994, Dr. Bishop was employed in the San Jose, California school division from 1969 to 1994 serving as teacher, counselor, vice principal, principal, interim director of personnel, administrator of special programs, and assistant superintendent for educational services.
Dr. Bishop holds a doctor of education in educational policy planning and administration from the University of Southern California, a master of arts in counseling psychology from the University of Santa Clara, and a bachelor of arts in English and speech from the University of Nevada.
Dr. Bishop’s career in education has resulted in numerous accomplishments. She is a recipient of the American Association of School Administrators Forrest E. Conner scholarship; a two-year University of Southern California Dean’s Off-Campus Scholar; recipient of the University of Southern California Dissertation Award of Merit; and the Roanoke YWCA 2004 Educator of the Year.
In 2013, VH1 Save the Music Foundation gave her the Administrator Award for Distinguished Support for Education. She was also Virginia's Superintendent of the Year for 2013. Dr. Bishop received the 2014 Golden Halo Educator Award
Dr. Bishop is actively involved in the community participating on the boards of such organizations as the United Way, Foundation for Roanoke Valley, Roanoke Symphony, and Children's Trust Roanoke Valley.
Her focus as Superintendent is school safety; effective instruction, empowered teachers, and innovative curriculum; open and honest communication and development of an effective learning organization; increased graduation rate; and a school division known for management excellence and elegance.
Deputy Superintendent - Mr. Steve Barnett
Steve Barnett joined Roanoke City Public Schools in July 2013 as the Director of Athletics and Coordinator for Health & PE. In December 2013, he was appointed Assistant Superintendent for Operations and became Deputy Director July 2016. Before coming to RCPS, Mr. Barnett served in the Augusta County school system for 28 years. He held various positions including teacher, athletic director, and principal. Mr. Barnett received his bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater College, his masters from the George Washington University.
Chief Financial Officer - Mrs. Kathleen Jackson
Kathleen Jackson joined Roanoke City Public Schools in 2006 and has served the division in a number of ways including grant writer, financial control specialist, accountant, budget analyst and as director of purchasing and financial control. Mrs. Jackson received her bachelor’s degree from The College of William and Mary and her MBA from Virginia Tech. In addition to working for the division, Mrs. Jackson is also the parent of two RCPS students.
The Chief Financial Officer oversees the functions of purchasing, accounting, budgeting, warehouse operations, and payroll.
Executive Director for Human Resources - Ms. Sandra Burks
Ms. Burks began her career with Roanoke City Public
Schools in 1990 and has served in a variety of roles including Director of
Magnet and Gifted Programs, Coordinator of Testing, Research and Evaluation,
Interim Director of Transportation and Director for Human Resources. Ms. Burks holds a Bachelor’s degree from
Towson University, an M.ED in Curriculum and Instruction from University of
Virginia and an additional 30 graduate hours from UVA in School Administration
and Leadership. Ms. Burks also holds the Professional in Human Resources
(PHR) and the Society for Human
Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certificates. In addition to working in the school division,
her son attended RCPS PK-12.
The Executive Director for Human Resources oversees all
staffing, evaluation, compensation and benefits. In addition, the Executive
Director is responsible for developing procedures to support school board
personnel policies. The Human Resources
department also provides support and facilitates organizational changes as
indicated by RCPS management.
Executive Director of School Improvement - Dr. Julie Drewry
The Executive Director of School Improvement works to improve the graduation rate and monitors student progress. The Executive Director also provides leadership to alternative schools and the Community College Access Program (CCAP).
Executive Director for K-5 Education - Mr. Greg Johnston
The Executive Director of K-5 articulates the missions, goals and objectives of RCPS to the elementary school communities. The Executive Director also provides leadership to the K-5 communities and their principals and assistant principals. The role of the Executive Director is to monitor the achievement of the Virginia Standards of Learning and ensure that all schools have necessary supplies, equipment, and instructional materials.
Greg Johnston has been with RCPS since 2000. He started as an assistant principal at Fairview Elementary. He later became a principal at Oakland Intermediate School and Monterey Elementary. Johnston holds degrees of Psychology, Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech.
Executive Director for Student Support Services - Ms. Yolanda Conaway-Wood
Yolanda Conaway-Wood joined Roanoke City Public Schools in August, 2013. She has been in education for more than 14 years. Previous positions include behavioral specialist, core teacher, language arts teacher, special education teacher, and assistant principal. Before coming to Roanoke, she was Supervisor for Student Services for Stafford County Public Schools.
Coordinator for Community Relations/Social Media - Mr. Justin McLeod
Justin McLeod joined RCPS in August 2012. Previously, he was a reporter for WDBJ-7 in Roanoke. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Emerson College in Boston.
The primary role of the Department of Community Relations is to increase internal and external understanding, involvement and support of the goals of the school division through communication, relationship building, training and recognition.
Director for Data and Analysis - Mr. John Lincoln
Executive Assistant to Superintendent and School Board Clerk - Mrs. Cindy Poulton
Mrs. Poulton has served as Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and School Board Clerk since July 1996. Prior to employment with Roanoke City Public Schools, she worked for 18 years as an executive assistant with Roanoke Memorial Hospitals. Mrs. Poulton holds the Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) designation and an associates degree from Virginia Western Community College. Responsible for day-to-day management of Superintendent's office functions and administrative support to the seven-member School Board.