ROANOKE, Va. (AP) _ Albemarle County schools chief Pamela R. Moran has been named Virginia’s superintendent of the year. Moran received the honor Tuesday evening at the Virginia Association of School Superintendents’ annual awards banquet in Roanoke. She was chosen from among eight regional finalists by Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven Staples and the leaders of seven education organizations. The association says in a news release that economically disadvantaged students’ performance has improved significantly under Moran’s leadership. Moran as served as Albemarle County’s schools superintendent since 2005.