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RICHMOND A former superintendent of York County Schools is Virginia's new Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Steve Staples most recently served as Executive Director of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents.

During his 16 years in York County, he implemented magnet programs in fine arts and in math, science and technology, and a charter school program that links academic standards to licensure competencies in career/technical fields.

Staples new position was announced Monday by Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA), who said Staples 'has what it takes to drive Virginia's public education system into the future.'

Staples said he's ready to get to work.

'It's time to review the two decades old accountability system to better align it with the needs of the 21st Century, and we need to encourage our schools to innovate and meet the changing expectations of workplace and society.'

Staples begins work May 1 and will replace the retiring Pat Wright.

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