Matthew Eberhardt Becomes New Superintendent For Madison County Va

m-eberhardtClarke County’s Assistant Superintendent Dr. Matthew J. Eberhardt has been appointed to the position of Division Superintendent of Schools for Madison County Virginia. The Madison County School Board voted unanimously Friday morning to appoint Dr. Eberhardt to the position   effective July 1, 2010.

Dr. Eberhardt has previous experience with the Madison system, having taught Spanish at Madison County High School during the 1992-93 school year. He also served as Assistant Principal at Charlottesville High School from 1994-1999.

Among his many honors, Dr. Eberhardt has been recognized by General Electric as a STAR Teacher for excellence in teaching and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Award. In his spare time, Dr. Eberhardt has volunteered as an assistant coach with the Blue Ridge Youth Soccer Association.

The Madison County School School Board welcomed the new Superintendent on the school system’s website saying,”We feel very confident that Dr. Eberhardt will continue the excellent leadership Dr. Brenda Tanner has provided for the last six years, and we look forward to welcoming the Eberhardt family to Madison County in the coming months.”

Dr. Michael F. Murphy, Superintendent of Schools in Clarke County, shared the following: “While I have only known Matt since my arrival in Clarke County in July of 2008, his knowledge, skills, and abilities have been a tremendous asset to me as the new Superintendent of Schools.   Matt is a strong, effective administrator with a wealth of practical and educational experience.”

Clarke County Public Schools will begin an immediate review of administrative tasks and responsibilities before making any determination in regard to a potential administrative reorganization and filling the vacancy created by Dr. Eberhardt’s June 30, 2010 departure.


  1. Tony Parrott says:

    Congratulations to Dr. Eberhardt!
    Best wishes and good luck in your new position and home.

  2. Jeane Cromer says:

    So sorry to see you go, my friend. Best of luck to you!

  3. J.B. Mayo says:

    Congrats, Matt! I was student teaching at Madison County High School when you taught Spanish there. It is GREAT to see that you are returning to the Madison County School System in this capacity!

  4. Bond, James Bond says:

    Kudos for Matt. Our loss is Madison County’s gain. Both he and wife, Ann Marie, have done so many good things for Clarke County. I still remember when Ann Marie left Boyce Elementary to take another position. The long good byes with the children were so touching and memorable. I am sure they will both continue their exemplarily work.

  5. Jim Gibson says:

    Good luck, Dr. Eberhardt!

    What will be interesting is to see what will happen in that office and the vacant position. Will the stringent beancounter on the board allow the position to be filled, or will the duties that Dr. Eberhardt performed simply be directed to be reassigned to others? My hope would be that someone qualified is hired (either from within the ranks or from the outside) to fill that position, as it is too demanding to simply divvy up the responsibilities to others.

    Dr. Eberhardt was the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. That means he oversaw the entire intructional program in CCPS – from the B4 Program to dual-enrollment, and every facet in between (special ed, K-12 curriculum development and improvement, SOL assessments & data-reporting, AYP compliance, etc.). That’s a lot to farm out. The School Board would be wise to maintain that position as a position to fill with a qualified person.

  6. Right Winger says:

    I don’t blame him for leaving one bit.

    • Right Winger says:

      I wonder how many more administrators plan to leave soon?

      • Someone riddle me this: we lose one (1) assistant superintendent, yet we’re now posting a “director of curriculum & instruction” position AND a “K-12 Testing Coordinator” position? The AS made around $104K per year plus benefits (around $130K total); the salaries (about $120K) and benefits for these 2 positions will easily equal $150K-$160K – how is that a savings?

        When electives classes are being cut at the secondary level, how is carving two positions out of one (and increasing the money tied to them in salaries and benefits) a smart use of salary dollars?

        • Right Winger says:

          But it’s job creation!! That’s a good thing, isn’t it??

          There are so many cuts they really could make to the budget by getting rid of Asst. Principal positions [redacted] and other higly compensated administrative positions, but they choose not to do so, instead they cut back on teacher pay.


          • Jim Gibson says:

            Well…actually, no salaries have been increased in the past 3 years – and some were prorated down (the AP positions, etc.). The elementary AP positions, while at first blush may seem superfluous, are important in on-site assistance with discipline, SOL coordination, SpEd services, and other functions of those schools. Cutting those positions back to 10-month positions was a disservice.

            As for the new positions, that’s an unfortunate twist. If the emphasis is on what’s best for the students, how is carving 1 position into 2 positions (at an increased cost) better?

          • Right Winger says:

            Don’t forget all the stipends for various after-school activities. There’s a LOT of pork in there if you break them down into student/teacher ratios. You’d be quite surprised.

          • Sideways says:

            How, exactly, is paying teachers/staff for work that they do after-school, how is that “pork”? “Pork” in the CCPS budget – really?

          • Lonnie Bishop says:

            RW, which after-school activities are “pork”? The sports and their coaches? Performing arts? Academic positions, like department chair? Also, these stipends are not larger than $5,000 (head football coach), so you’d have to cut an awful lot to realize any true, substantial savings.

          • Right Winger says:

            Don’t twist what I said. I said if you look at the various after school activities, you would find a LOT of spending that could be cut when you break it down by STUDENT/TEACHER RATIOS. I don’t think any of the afterschool activities at CCHS are pork.

          • Jim Gibson says:

            RW, nobody who works for CCPS deserves to be called an idiot. While the decision to carve the job that the AS performed into two is an interesting twist in a tight budget year, none of us are privy to the discussions that went into the decision to seperate the jobs.

            The jobs performed by those two positions are critical to the successful operation of the division, and the demands on each have only increased as SOL & AYP accreditation standards have tightened each year. Dr. Eberhardt, as much as anyone else over the past 11 years, dedicated a lot of time, energy, and effort to all of the tasks he was tasked with. The challege will be to see that these two new people, whomever they might be, can come in and help keep CCPS on the high road of success that it’s been on.

          • Right Winger says:

            Jim, you asked the question as to why it was split into 2 positions. I was merely giving my opinion.

        • Jeane Cromer says:

          There is an absolute need for for the Testing Coordinator position! Our elementary children are given norm-referenced as well as grade equivelent tests. The psychometiric value of the accuaracy of these tests allow the superintendent to predict ( with 85-95% reliability) SOL success or failure.
          If we are not testing with some accuacy, or do not understand how to administer the tests, the results are invalid. If we do not have a good understanding of this at an elementary level, we loose the risk of the child being in failure down the road. Kudos for MM for suggesting such a position.

        • Jennifer says:

          As we move forward in these times of lean budgets the old adage of doing more with less continues to be important. To answer Zippy’s comments, this is exactly what is happening. The assistant superintendent position is being downgraded to a director position (in terms of salary, not title) in an effort to create a savings in salary dollars. In fact, almost $25K will be saved, but it remains to be seen if a qualified candidate will step forward given the drastic reduction in salary.

          In addition, through being more efficient, and it goes without saying, asking existing staff to do more with less, the testing coordinator position is being created using salary dollars from three sources:
          • First, an existing (and budgeted) position is being reassigned(about $35K),
          •a receptionist position will be eliminated (about $18K),
          •and using some of the above $25K (about $20K), the testing coordinator position is being created (about $73K total).

          Again, it remains to be seen if a qualified candidate will step forward and take this position which, in most other counties, is a full time administrative position.

          The use of funds as described is not only creative, but results in two positions, not from one, but from three. Riddle solved.

          As far as the cuts in teacher pay; teachers, as well as bus drivers, secretaries, custodians, and administrators, have not received any pay raises in two years. Providing support for teachers, in the form of a testing coordinator and the recently posted instructional technology resource teacher position, will not only support our teachers, but the work that they do in support of our students. Jim Gibson is right on when he says that “the challenge will be to see that these two new people, whomever they might be, can come in and help keep CCPS on the high road of success that it’s been on.” Jean Cromer is right on as well in her comments… “There is an absolute need for the Testing Coordinator position! Being more efficient, in lean times, and focusing our resources, is the right thing to do!

          • justaparent says:

            Jennifer, you seem to be in the know. Have you heard which school(s) will be affected by the cuts in administrative support personnel yet, or is that still up in the air?

          • Jennifer says:

            No school will be affected by the cut. It is not a school based reduction.

          • Jeane Cromer says:

            Excellent thoughts, Jennifer. I look forward to the division entering into the new age of Rti. This initative alone will allow teachers to “ACT” upon a child in need instead of the (left too long on the legislative books) “Child Study”. The stipend is minimal for the work of the chair involved, but Rti does reduce some costs. It also reduces the cost of conviening tribunals of our expert teachers( meetings) who could be otherwise be tutoring our at risk children.

  7. Jeane Cromer says:

    Birds of a feather usually flock together.