Albemarle County Public Schools said today that the deputy directors of the school division’s Building Services and Transportation departments have been appointed to lead their respective departments beginning January 1.
Lindsay Snoddy, who joined the division in 2006 as its Environmental Compliance and Program Manager and became the department’s Deputy Director in 2018, will succeed Joseph Letteri as the Director of Building Services. The department maintains, modernizes, and keeps safe more than 2.3 million square feet of facilities over more than 630 acres.
Charmane White, who has been the Deputy Director of Transportation since 2005, will succeed James Foley as the department’s director. White oversees operations and training for Transportation Services’ 250 employees as well as the administration of its $10 million annual budget. The department has a fleet of 220 school buses that currently transport more than 7,000 students to and from schools every day, over some 600 separate bus routes. She also supervises the department’s parts and services facility, which repairs and maintains school division and local government vehicles.
White has been instrumental in developing the department’s Safe Driving Award Program; its Remote Learning Program, which enables drivers seeking their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) to become certified at the department’s location rather than having to go to a Department of Motor Vehicles location; and its Responsive Language Program. The latter builds on the division’s highly effective Culturally Responsive Teaching program. White serves on the Executive Board of the statewide Virginia Association of Pupil Transportation (VAPT), chairing its Region Five Committee.
Over the past several years, Snoddy’s leadership has resulted in several national and state awards for the division for its innovative environmental programming. During this time, the school division instituted renewable energy projects at seven of its schools and secured the first solar power public-private partnership for a school division in the state. It enabled the school division to install solar panels at several schools, conserving energy use and costs.
Snoddy also was responsible for improvements that ensured lead-free drinking water at all school division facilities and the upgrading of LED lighting in classrooms, reducing annual costs by $700,000. As Deputy Director, her increasingly broad responsibilities have included managing the department’s nearly $12 million operational budget and the division’s multimillion-dollar capital budget program.
“This is an exceptionally good day for our school division, our employees, and all of the students and families we serve,” said Rosalyn Schmitt, the division’s Chief Operating Officer. “Both Lindsay and Charmane have made it possible for us to continually improve the quality and efficiency of two department teams that are so crucial to the health and safety of our school communities and our ability to serve our school communities,” she added.
Schmitt noted two other attributes that the new appointees will bring: “Both have been major contributors to the strategic planning of both departments that have improved innovation and reduced costs. Within their respective industries, they have helped make it possible for Albemarle County Public Schools to be a role model for excellence. And, based on their experience and scope of responsibilities with their departments, they ensure a seamless transition to new leadership.”
“I knew the day I first walked into our department that it was going to be a privilege to be part of this team,” White shared. “I always value that school buses both begin and end the day for so many of our students. Our team members always have considered themselves to be an extension of the learning that takes place in the classroom, and there is no more important priority for any of us than to keep people safe and relationships supportive,” she said.
“I am grateful for this opportunity to increase my contributions to our school division’s important work,” Snoddy said. “I have been fortunate to have served with so many dedicated, thoughtful and talented professionals, both within our department and in our schools. None of what I have achieved would have occurred without them, and I am looking forward to what we all can achieve at such an important time for a school division that is still expanding and with such high expectations,” she added.
White, whose career in school transportation services spans more than 30 years, began her service with Fluvanna County Public Schools as a transportation supervisor and joined Albemarle County Public Schools as Deputy Director of Transportation in 2005. She holds an associate degree from
Averett University, majoring in Business Administration.
Prior to joining the school division, Snoddy was an environmental consultant in Atlanta. She earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the same school.
Pictured: Lindsay Snoddy (left) and Charmane White (right)
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