I was sorry to read the sad news in the Washington Post that Robert R. ‘Bud’ Spillane, former Fairfax school superintendent, died July 18. Spillane was an outstanding leader. Karen Garza, the current superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools, posted this tribute:
The FCPS family is very saddened to hear the news of Dr. Bud Spillane’s passing. Dr. Spillane was a distinguished educator who presided over the FCPS system for 12 years. During his tenure, Dr. Spillane instituted rigorous academic standards and enhanced FCPS’ national reputation for excellence. He was recognized for his efforts when he was named National Superintendent of the Year in 1995. The FCPS Leadership Award was created to pay tribute to Dr. Spillane. Honorees have been FCPS employees who “keep the main thing the main thing” – Dr. Spillane’s guiding principle – by making a significant contribution to student achievement. Dr. Spillane had a tremendous impact on FCPS and his legacy will endure. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Spillane’s friends and family.
I supported his efforts to end the Monday early dismissal policy in Fairfax elementary schools. Although this reform was not implemented during his tenure, FCPS finally switched to full day Mondays for all the elementary schools in the 2014-15 school year.