JUST IN: Melanie Kay-Wyatt announced as Alexandria City Public Schools superintendent

ACPS Superintendent Melanie Kay-Wyatt speaks at an event for Noah and Josephus Lyles at Market Square, October 10, 2022. (staff photo by James Cullum)

Melanie Kay-Wyatt can take the “interim” off her job title: the School Board announced tonight (Thursday) that Kay-Wyatt will be the full superintendent of Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS).

At the meeting, School Board leaders said the decision is a historic one and will hopefully break ACPS run of rapid superintendent turnover.

“This is the first Black woman to lead ACPS as a permanent superintendent,” said School Board Chair Meagan Alderton. “Thank you for dedicating yourself to Alexandria.”

Kay-Wyatt was chosen as interim superintendent in July 2022. School Board members noted that in interactions with Kay-Wyatt, she has always shown a willingness to step up to the plate and tackle any challenge.

School Board members noted that ACPS has been through several superintendents over the last ten years.

“We’ve been through so many superintendents through the last ten years,” said School Board member Jacinta Greene. “It’s been a lot. During the time you came in was a tumultuous time. We were a new board, we were getting to know each other, and you helped us come together as a board. Thank you so much for stepping up to the plate.”

Kay-Wyatt said this year has been difficult but she credited the school community with helping her transition into the role:

This is hard. You know my dedication to the school and to students. First of all, I would like to thank the School Board for selecting me to lead a division of diversity and commitment… It’s been a challenging school year. Thank you to the staff who supported me and our school community and students… I look forward to continuing the work that’s ahead of us, for our students, our staff and our greater community. It is truly an honor to serve as the first Black woman superintendent of Alexandria City Public Schools. I’m very proud and I’m honored and thank you. Now it’s time to get to work.