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School board announces new central office administrative appointments

Dr. Jamie SoltisThe Roanoke County School board has selected a new deputy superintendent, a new executive director of elementary education, and a new executive director of administration.

The school board has named Dr. James (Jamie) Soltis as the new deputy superintendent, starting July 1.  Soltis currently is assistant superintendent for Salem City Schools and is returning to Roanoke County Public Schools (RCPS).  Dr. Soltis joined Roanoke County Public Schools in July 1999 as a science teacher at Glenvar High School.  In 2007, he was named an assistant principal at Glenvar High School.  He became principal at Glenvar Middle School in 2012 and principal of Glenvar High School in 2017.  In 2018, Dr. Soltis moved to the RCPS Central Office as director of secondary instruction.  In 2019, Soltis accepted a director position with Salem City Schools, where he was named assistant superintendent in 2021.

Dr. Soltis holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Longwood University, a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia, and a Doctorate in Education from Radford University.

“I’m pleased that Jamie is coming home to Roanoke County Public Schools as the new deputy superintendent.  He has a wealth of experience in instruction and educational leadership and he will be a great addition to our district leadership team,” said Dr. Ken Nicely, superintendent of Roanoke County Public Schools.

Kim BradshawThe Roanoke County School Board also selected Kim Bradshaw, current principal at Green Valley Elementary School, as the new executive director of elementary instruction for Roanoke County Public Schools (RCPS), effective July 1.  Bradshaw replaces Stephanie Hogan, who will retire at the end of June.

Bradshaw first joined RCPS in July 2004 as a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher at Cave Spring Elementary School.  She was named the assistant principal at Burlington Elementary School in July 2007 and became the principal at Fort Lewis Elementary School in 2009.  She has served as the principal at Oak Grove Elementary School before becoming principal at Green Valley Elementary School.

Bradshaw holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Longwood College and a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia.  Under her leadership, her schools have earned several awards from the Virginia Department of Education including the Distinguished Achievement Award, the Highest Achievement Exemplar Award and the Board of Excellence Award.  

The school board has named Tammy Newcomb as the new executive director of administration, starting July 1.  Newcomb will replace Dr. Rhonda Stegall who is retiring at the end of June.  

Tammy NewcombNewcomb currently is the principal at William Byrd High School.  She first joined Roanoke County Public Schools as a math and language arts teacher at William Byrd Middle School.  She was named the assistant principal at W.E. Cundiff Elementary School in July 2002 and named the principal at Green Valley Elementary School in July 2005.  She was selected as principal at William Byrd Middle School in July 2011 and became the principal at William Byrd High School in July 2016.

Newcomb holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Radford University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Policies Studies from Virginia Tech.  

“Kim and Tammy are bringing decades of teaching and administrative experience to their respective positions in a variety of settings, and I’m confident they will provide outstanding leadership for our schools as we prepare students to be Opportunity Ready,” said Dr. Ken Nicely, superintendent of Roanoke County Public Schools.