Alexandria School Board Appoints Kay-Wyatt as Acting Superintendent


Melanie Kay-Wyatt, the current chief human resources officer for Alexandria City Public Schools, becomes the school system‘s acting superintendent beginning in September.

Melanie Kay-Wyatt, the current head of human resources for Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia, becomes the school system’s acting superintendent starting in September.

The school board made the appointment at a special school board meeting on Thursday.



“This was an important decision for our school board,” Alexandria City Council President Meagan L. Alderton said at the meeting. She added that Kay-Wyatt brings “such a rich history” to the school system.

As the new superintendent, Kay-Wyatt will earn $21,383 per month or $213,830 for 10 months. His contract runs until June 30, 2023 or until CSPA hires a permanent superintendent for the district of 15,400 students.

“The leadership, breadth and depth of experience and skills she brings to this role are critical to continuing to advance the goals of our Equity for All 2025 strategic plan,” Alderton said.

CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE: Melanie Kay-Wyatt (courtesy CPA)

“Dr. Kay-Wyatt is a proven instructional leader whose background and skills as a special education teacher, school principal, and head of central office make her the right person to lead our school division at this time. We We are confident that the knowledge, trust and relationships she has built within the CSGA community will serve her well as Acting Superintendent and we look forward to working more closely with her.”

Kay-Wyatt replaces Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. who announced his resignation in June. His last day will be August 31.

As human resources manager, the school system said Kay-Wyatt played a key role in designing the vaccination and testing requirement process used by school staff last fall.

She also increased recruitment and hiring in the school system, where students represent 110 countries and speak 121 languages, and improved staff onboarding and relationships with universities.

Prior to working in Alexandria, Kay-Wyatt held a Human Resources position at Spotsylvania Public Schools.

Additionally, she has worked as a principal and vice-principal in the City of Fredericksburg Public Schools, a special education teacher in Culpepper County Schools and the City of Fredericksburg Public Schools, and as an adjunct faculty member at the College of William. and Mary and Shenandoah University.

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