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     Mary Jane Mutispaugh, Acting Superintendent, joined Alleghany County Public Schools on August 1, 2001. Prior to coming to Alleghany County, she served as principal of Parry McCluer Middle School in Buena Vista from 1997-2001. She began her administrative career as principal of Lylburn Downing Middle School in Lexington from 1994-1997. Prior to becoming an administrator, Mrs. Mutispaugh was a classroom teacher for fifteen years. She served as chairman of the Social Studies department at Parry McCluer High School from 1988 until 1994. She spent three years as a middle school Civics teacher at Parry McCluer Middle School from 1985-1988. Prior to joining the Buena Vista City School system, Mrs. Mutispaugh spent six years in the Rockbridge County School system, four years as a social studies teacher at Natural Bridge High School and two years as a math teacher at Brownsburg Middle School. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Mutispaugh has coached varsity cheerleading and girls track and has been an adjunct instructor for Dabney Lancaster Community College since 1989.
     She graduated from Lexington High School in 1975 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in social science from James Madison University in 1979. Mrs. Mutispaugh received her Masters of Education in educational administration from James Madison University in 1987. She completed her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Virginia Tech in 2001 and is currently working towards completion of her dissertation.

Mrs. Mutispaugh may be reached at 540-863-1809 or by email at

The Superintendent of Schools serves as the chief executive officer of the Alleghany County School Board.  Major duties of the superintendent include, but are not limited to, the following:

Acting as the educational leader of the school division
Enforcing school policy and regulations
Overseeing staff personnel management
Overseeing facility management
Directing community relations
Overseeing pupil personnel services

Mrs. Lorie Bess serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent / Clerk. Mrs. Bess may be contacted by phone at 540-863-1811 or by e-mail at


Alleghany County School Board Office
100 Central Circle
Low Moor, Virginia 24457
P: 540-863-1800
F: 540-863-1804
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