Raley resigns from schools

Jeremy Raley

The Shenandoah County Public Schools School Board accepted the voluntary resignation of Superintendent Jeremy Raley, effective June 30, at a Wednesday night meeting.

Raley, who has served as schools superintendent since Nov. 1, 2013, had previously been employed by the division since September 1998 as a physical education teacher, assistant principal, principal, finance director and assistant superintendent.

The School Board appointed Mark A. Johnston as interim superintendent, effective July 1, until a new superintendent is selected, according to a Wednesday night news release from board Chairwoman Karen Whetzel. Johnston is a Shenandoah County resident who previously served as director of human resources before retiring last summer. He has also served as assistant superintendent for instruction and supervisor for science in Arlington Public Schools.

In a news release, Whetzel said the division has been fortunate to benefit from his leadership and commitment to education over the past three years he has been superintendent. 

“During that time, the School Board believes that our school division has experienced remarkable growth and educational progress,” she stated. “Dr. Raley will be missed and we certainly wish him well as he furthers his career in education and helping students succeed.”

In a release, Raley stated, “I am thankful for the opportunities provided to me by the Shenandoah County Public Schools over the course of the past 18 years. My experiences as an educator in Shenandoah County have allowed me to positively impact the lives of many different students. I value the time that I have had serving the students, staff and citizens of this community.”

At the meeting, Whetzel thanked Raley for his years of service.

“I will miss you tremendously,” she said.

Board member Cynthia Walsh said she is glad for the guidance Raley has provided her.

“You saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself,” she said.

Board member Sonya Williams-Giersch said Raley has had many successes during his time as superintendent and wished him luck in the future.

Board member Katheryn Freakley said Raley’s resignation is “bittersweet.” She wished him luck in the future but added that he will be missed by the board.

Vice chairman Rick Koontz said Raley was a leader who made tough decisions that were in the best interest of the school division.

The board will be requesting proposals from firms to assist in the professional recruitment and selection efforts in hiring a new superintendent.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com