At 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22, the Manassas City Public Schools (MCPS) Education Foundation will host a meet-and-greet with the new superintendent, Dr. Catherine Magouyrk, at the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory. For more information about the event and to RSVP, .
Then, on Tuesday, Aug. 28, the City of Manassas School Board will host a welcome reception for Magouyrk from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at City Hall (9027 Center Street). The public is invited to attend this event as well.
The Manassas City School Board unanimously appointed Magouyrk, formerly a Georgia educator, to be the city’s new superintendent of schools on June 18, according to a press release issued by the school system.
Magouyrk assumed her duties as the new superintendent on July 2 after former superintendent Gail Pope earlier this year.
“We listened to a good deal of public input and believe we have found the perfect match for our needs and our school system," said School Board Chairman Scott Albrecht. "Dr. Magouyrk is an experienced educator who knows how to provide the leadership needed to get outstanding results in the classroom."
Magouyrk had been Associate Superintendent for Student Achievement and Leadership in Douglas County, Georgia. Her former division included 25,000 students and 33 schools. Manassas City Schools have 7,025 students, eight schools and an alternative education center.
“While in Douglas County, she led a significant increase in student achievement. Her school district had the highest number of schools to make Average Yearly Progress in Georgia (27) and the highest number of schools to receive state recognition,” Albrecht said. “Dr. Magouyrk has been in charge of student achievement in a much larger school system with high percentages of at-risk students. The Board believes her success in both increased graduation rates and improved student achievement will help our schools move up to the next level of performance."
She began her career as a high school math and social studies teacher. She has also served as an assistant principal at the middle and high school levels and as an elementary school principal.
“She has hands-on experience at each level of an education system. She is collaborative, an effective communicator and, most importantly, she has consistently demonstrated an ability to increase student achievement for all students,” Albrecht said.
Magouyrk has also served as director for curriculum and instruction in Marietta, GA, which has a school system similar in size and diversity to Manassas. She also served as the deputy superintendent of teaching and learning in Macon, GA— a Title One division with 22,000 students.
“The School Board was very pleased with the number of highly qualified candidates who wanted to serve as our next Superintendent,” Albrecht said. “We had more than two dozen applicants from nine states. It was truly a nationwide search and resulted in us being able to select the right person for our needs.”
Dr. Magouyrk and her husband will reside in Manassas, the release said.