Dr. Pat Murphy
Dr. Pat Murphy
Arlington Public Schools

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) _ Arlington County’s chief if schools has been named Virginia’s Superintendent of the Year. Patrick K. Murphy picked up the award at the superintendents’ annual awards banquet Tuesday evening in Roanoke. The Virginia Association of School Superintendents says Murphy was one of eight regional finalists for the award, including Botetourt County Schools Superintendent Tony Brads.

Murphy has served as Arlington County’s superintendent since 2009. The association says he has significantly reduced the drop-out rate and increased advanced academic program completions by students. Murphy will represent the state in the National Superintendent of the Year competition in February 2015.

(WLNI staff contributed to this report.)