The City of Fairfax School Board selected Dr. Phyllis Pajardo as their
finalist for the Superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools. The Board will hold a special board meeting on Monday, August 7, 2017 to publicly vote for Dr. Pajardo, who is expected to begin her four-year term as superintendent the following day.
The superintendent position was made available in May when Dr. Peter Noonan stepped down to lead Falls Church City Public Schools. Ann Monday, former City of Fairfax Superintendent with experience assisting schools boards with superintendent searches, was hired as Interim Superintendent. The City of Fairfax School board sought community input from city residents, school staff and administrators, parents and City of Fairfax leadership. The board conducted interviews in June and made a final decision in mid-July.
“The City of Fairfax School Board is excited that Dr. Pajardo has accepted our offer to lead our schools,” said Jon Buttram, City of Fairfax School Board Chairman. “Dr. Pajardo’s intellect, creative spirit and vast knowledge of our schools will ensure continued excellence and success. Her strong commitment to serving our students, our schools and our community is unquestionable. We look forward to working with Dr. Pajardo in her new role as Superintendent as we continue the board’s endeavors to expand advanced academics, STEM and innovative practices in our schools.”
Dr. Pajardo is currently Assistant Superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools and previously held a number of leadership roles in Fairfax County Public Schools including Cluster Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. Dr. Pajardo has worked in public education for over 30 years.
“I am very excited and deeply humbled to be named the finalist for the City of Fairfax Superintendent,” said Dr. Pajardo. “I greatly respect and admire the leadership of recent past City Schools’ Superintendents [George] Stepp, Monday, and Noonan. I look forward to building upon the City Schools’ past work and partnering with the City of Fairfax School Board, the Mayor and City Council, our principals and school staffs as well as each school’s community, and my colleagues in Fairfax County Public Schools, to develop new pathways to successfully serve our students and the city.”