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Breaking news: Long-time Bedford County educator hired as Culpeper County superintendent

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By Tom Wilmoth

Following the somewhat tumultuous hiring of a new superintendent in Bedford County last month, the assistant superintendent of schools in the county will be leaving to become superintendent of Culpeper County Schools.

    The Culpeper County School Board voted unanimously during its regular meeting Monday to appoint Dr. Bobbi F. Johnson as its new superintendent, effective July 1. Johnson was selected following a nationwide search that culminated in 23 applicants and five finalists for the position.

    Bedford County recently selected its own new superintendent, Dr. Douglas Schuch, to replace retiring superintendent Dr. James Blevins. That hiring led to one board member resigning prior to the vote. District 2 board member Talbot Huff resigned in protest of the hiring, noting that Schuch had not served as either a principal or superintendent prior to being hired by Bedford County.

    The hiring process also came under scrutiny as the school board came under fire for not following Freedom of Information Act guidelines and releasing the name of who was hired following the vote. A press conference was held the following day to make that announcement and the board ended up passing a resolution at its next board meeting apologizing for not following FOIA. The board has also defended the fact that Schuch will be making more next year than Blevins, who has served as superintendent with the county for 11 years, is making this year.

    The board has not released who the finalists were for the Bedford County position, or whether Johnson was among those.

    Johnson has a career spanning nearly 30 years in education, with the last nine spent as assistant superintendent of Bedford County Public Schools.

    “While I am excited to begin this new chapter in my life, it will be hard to leave behind so many wonderful and talented people,” Johnson stated this week. “The past seventeen years are filled with memories that I'll cherish the rest of my life. Bedford County is one of the best places in this country to raise a child, and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work here."

    Johnson resides in Lynchburg, and has been married the past 30 years to her husband, David. They have four daughters: Morgan and Anna, who both will graduate from Lynchburg College this May, Maggie, who is currently majoring in English with an emphasis in writing at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Julia, who is currently majoring in Art at Lynchburg College and is a member of the dance team.

    In addition to her many accomplishments, Johnson will be receiving the Evelyn Bickham Outstanding Undergraduate Alumni Award from Lynchburg College in May.