Amelia superintendent named regional superintendent of the year
Amelia County Public Schools Superintendent and Region 8 Superintendent of the Year
Dr. B.J. Brewer
Dr. B.J. Brewer, superintendent of Amelia County Public Schools, has been named Region 8 Superintendent of the Year by her colleagues, who are the chief education leaders of the 12 school divisions located in Southside Virginia. Dr. Brewer was selected for her outstanding leadership among the members of the Region 8 superintendents as well as her accomplishments as Superintendent of Amelia County Public Schools.
Dr. Brewer serves as the Legislative Liaison for the Region 8 Superintendents Study Group. In this capacity, she has provided the area superintendents with current information on the legislative issues which are important to the members of her region as well as to the students, parents and educators in the Commonwealth.
As Superintendent of Amelia County Public Schools, Dr. Brewer has made many achievements. Among them are the inception of the nationally award winning Russell Grove Academy, adding vocational programs such as culinary arts and a machinist training program in conjunction with John Tyler Community College. These two programs allow students to be work force ready upon graduation. Under her guidance Amelia County has received numerous grants including the most recent Strategic Compensation grant of $536,000 to reward innovative and effective teaching methods for instructors in the public schools. During her tenure in Amelia she has secured numerous grants and resources for the division at no cost the county.
In addition to JTCC, Dr. Brewer has worked with area colleges on many programs which have assisted students in the classroom. For example, Longwood University is a partner in the SCI grant and is actively involved with the division staff.
She has worked to have students more involved in their community. Young people have served veterans by their help with the annual Memorial Day program at the Virginia Veterans Cemetery. This assistance to the local American Legion has included food prepared by the culinary arts students and ambassadors from many of the schools various student organizations on the day of the event. This past May they had the privilege to serve and meet U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, the keynote speaker.
Two years ago she encouraged the schools to work together to conduct the annual Arts and Crafts show as a show place for area artists and crafters and to bring shoppers into the county and the high school. In addition to helping the community, this was a fundraising effort for the schools PTAs and other groups.
Dr. Brewer will compete against other Regional Superintendents of the Year representing each of the eight regions in Virginia. The winner will be announced as the Virginia Superintendent of the Year on Tuesday, May 6 at the Annual Banquet of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents in Roanoke.
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