The new superintendent of Lancaster schools is laying the groundwork not only for the next academic year, but for years beyond. Dan Russell was appointed superintendent by the school board three months ago. Russell told the Rappahannock Record ( that he expects what he calls his approach to simplicity to reap great rewards. He has already made some changes to prepare for the coming school year, announcing several administrative staff changes across the district to place people where their strengths would be best and to have a mix of administrators with differing levels of experience in each building. In addition to taking on the role of superintendent, Russell will continue as the director of special education. Russell was previously a special education teacher. He is a graduate of West Virginia University and George Mason University with a master’s in educational leadership and administration. When the county’s new teachers arrive on August 19 and 20, Russell told the newspaper, that he believes they will find him to be a “collaborative leader.”