MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Nearly three years after being assigned to the post, Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Dr. Patrick Murphy is retiring.

He talked about his time at the helm during last night’s (Monday night’s) Berkeley County Board of Education meeting and said he will be staying in the role until June 30th:

Murphy took the helm in September of 2019.

Murphy reflected on the way the community, parents, and educators rallied together to get through the pandemic.

“I want to thank the whole Berkeley County community and team, from families, and the students, to our staff for the work that we’ve done – especially over these last 2 1/2 years, a situation that none of us could either predict or fathom.  I think it has actually made us all of us stronger and better for it.  Hopefully we have reset the table and we are going to be moving forward in the right direction,” Murphy said.

He has worked in education since 1988, coming to the Eastern Panhandle after serving as superintendent of Arlington Public Schools in Virginia for 10 years.

He also worked for Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia, not far from the Eastern Panhandle.

In 2015, Dr. Murphy was named “Virginia Superintendent of the Year” and was a finalist for “2015 National Superintendent of the Year” by the School Superintendents Association.

Murphy said he’d help in any way he could with the transition to a new superintendent.