Dear Charlottesville City School Community,
In the midst of a challenging season at the high school, I am pleased to announce that the interim leader of Charlottesville High School will be Mr. Kenneth Leatherwood, a man whose deep relationships in our community and long experience in our schools make him uniquely qualified to help us move forward. In fact, in the two weeks since Mr. Pitt announced his resignation, Mr. Leatherwood’s name has been sent to me over and over as the “right person for the job.”
Mr. Leatherwood brings decades of wide-ranging leadership experience at Charlottesville City Schools. He began his service in our schools as a CHS teacher and basketball coach in 1981. He later assumed administrative responsibilities in the school, including six years as CHS principal. Later in his career, he worked in the division’s central offices in human resources and as coordinator of our alternative learning programs. Even after retiring in 2012, he has continued to serve as interim principal in a number of our schools. Since his first days in our schools, Mr. Leatherwood has been a respected educator and leader.
Mr. Leatherwood is deeply connected to many of our staff, students, and families, whether through his school positions, his many years as a coach, his leadership in his church, or his ongoing presence as a neighbor and leader in the community.
Mr. Leatherwood will begin working at the high school immediately following the Thanksgiving Break. The position of CHS principal is posted online to begin seeking applicants. Unless there is a mid-year availability of an excellent candidate, the likeliest scenario is for Mr. Leatherwood to remain at the helm of the school until a new principal begins work in July. We anticipate screening candidates and beginning interviews in late winter.
On the brink of this holiday, I am thankful for Kenny Leatherwood stepping in to support our school, our staff, and our Black Knights.