Montgomery Co. School Board issues statement following former superintendent’s comments

Published: Mar. 8, 2023 at 4:45 AM EST
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - The Montgomery County School Board has released a statement in response to comments made by a former school superintendent who was fired last year.

Dr. Mark Miear was fired in 2022 when the school board voted unanimously to let him go.

Dr. Miear spoke with WDBJ7 in January, where he shared his side of the incident that led to his dismissal.

According to him, the school board made a decision about his own child without his consent.

A statement the school board released to the media indicated the board believed the statements Miear made were misleading or inaccurate.

School board officials say Miear was given multiple opportunities to tell his side of the story “that might excuse his behavior or propose some combination of appropriate contrition and assurance of future improved behavior, he had the ability to do so. He did not.”

Miear responded Wednesday with, “A continuing back and forth over these issues is not productive. My focus is on ways to increase the educational opportunities offered by Montgomery County Public Schools as a candidate for school board. I look forward to presenting my ideas to voters during my upcoming campaign in District B. I’m very excited about the possibility of serving the children of the county in a different capacity.”