NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- Newport News school board named Brian Nichols as the acting Superintendent of Schools.

The announcement was made on Tuesday during a special meeting . Nichols is expected to guide the daily operations of the school division beginning on December 21. He will serve in this role until the School Board appoints a permanent Superintendent.

Nichols has worked for the school division for 20 years as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, executive director and chief academic officer.

The current Superintendent of Schools Ashby Kilgore announced she was retiring in October after serving in the position for 10 years. Her last day will be December 20.

The Newport News School Board has engaged the services of the Virginia School Board Association to assist with the search for a new superintendent.

Beginning in January of 2018, the School Board will begin offering public hearings and surveys to get the public's input.