Mark Lineburg

Dr. Mark Lineburg, superintendent of Halifax County Public Schools, discusses the comprehensive plan to address the teacher pay scale, as well as the infrastructure needs of Halifax County High School and the county’s elementary schools, at a July meeting

Halifax County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Lineburg is planning to retire Feb. 17.

He first joined Halifax County Public Schools in July of 2017.

“This was solely my decision,” Lineburg said Monday afternoon. “I am interested in stepping out of the spotlight and be an educator.”

Lineburg has a new career opportunity, but did not disclose his future endeavor.

He contacted Kathy Fraley, chairwoman of the Halifax County School Board, on Nov. 14 to tell her he was considering retiring, and they met the next day. He then announced his retirement in a message to staff on Monday.

The superintendent is retiring with 31 years in Virginia public schools and 11 years as a superintendent.

He came to Halifax County after serving as a school superintendent in Bristol, Virginia, from 2010 to 2014 and as superintendent of Winchester Public Schools until 2016. He also was employed as an assistant principal at Churchland High School in Portsmouth.

He has worked in Radford City, Campbell County and Amherst County as well.

Lineburg obtained his Ed.D. in education leadership and policy studies from Virginia Tech in 2005. He holds a Master of Education in educational leadership degree from Lynchburg College and a B.S. in social studies from Radford University.

He has worked as a teacher, head football coach, assistant and head principal and assistant and head superintendent.

Recent years have been especially tough for the role of superintendent.

“There have been times these past couple of years being a superintendent that have not been fun. Just the magnitude of all the decisions we’ve faced has been difficult, sometimes daunting. There have been days I felt like the weight of the world was on my shoulders,” said Lineburg.

Nonetheless, he said he felt good about what’s been accomplished in Halifax County Public Schools during his tenure.

One accomplishment he has been most proud of was all nine of Halifax County Public Schools becoming fully accredited in 2019.

He also believes the groundwork has been laid to get a new Halifax County High School and fix compensation for all employees in local schools.

“I do love Halifax County. It’s my favorite place I’ve been,” said Lineburg. “I’m leaving my heart with the folks here. They’ve been good to me. There are so many great people here. I can’t help but love it. The students and colleagues have been great.

“It’s time for me to step away from it.”

Ashley Conner is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at aconner@gazettevirginian.com

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com