School District Administrator Opts to Stay in Loudoun as Richards Departs

Assistant Superintendent Kimberly Hough isn’t leaving Loudoun County Public Schools after all. Hough, who last month was offered a superintendent position at the Academy School District 20 in Colorado, withdrew her name during the contract negotiating period.

That negotiation period is public under Colorado law, Hough said. “I did respectfully withdraw from consideration during that period of time and have decided to stay in Loudoun,” she said. Hough has worked as the county school system’s assistant superintendent for human resources and talent developmentfor six years, with 24 years working in education.

“The benefits of working for Loudoun County Public Schools and the collaborative working relationships I have developed are strong retention factors,” she toldLoudoun Now. “I find my work here meaningful and engaging. Loudoun County is a very dynamic place, and I look forward to its growth and dynamic future.”

Hough’s decision to stay comes at a time when the school system is losing another key figure in its executive ranks—it was Chief of Staff Michael Richards’ last school board meeting on April 23.

Richards started a new position May 2 as the superintendent of Harrisonburg City Public Schools. He worked for Superintendent Eric Williams for the past four years, including at times, as Vice Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan (Sterling) put it, as “school board wrangler.”

Others on the board described how Richards was a steadying force. “You provide stability to board members when they want to act on impulse,” Chairman Jeff Morse (Dulles) told Richards.

“You’re the person you call on ‘Who Wants to Be A Millionaire’ when you don’t have the answer,” added board member Beth Huck (At Large). “You’re still going to be my lifeline.”

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