Bill Sroufe

Dr. William “Bill” Sroufe started a new chapter Monday when he assumed the role of superintendent for the Colonial Heights School division.

Before that, he spent five years at the helm of Patrick County Schools, working to raise performance and accreditation levels, put technology into the hands of students and lead by involving others.

The reasons for the successes Sroufe has had in the Patrick division are due to the people he worked with on a daily basis.

“Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you and then listen to them,” Sroufe said in a recent interview about his exit from Patrick County. 

As he prepared to leave his office here, Sroufe said he wrote each individual a note that said, in part, “I will cherish each moment and each of you as educators. The work we have done together has been extraordinary. The odds were sometimes against us, and while we may have stumbled, we never faltered in our common goal to do what is best for kids.

“As we move forward, I encourage you to always have that vision. As I have said to many of you in private conversations, and publicly ‘This is hard work.’ If it was not hard…

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