FAIRFAX, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — A Texas educator has been selected to head Fairfax County public schools, becoming the first woman to head Virginia’s largest school district.

Fifty-year-old Karen Garza is superintendent the Lubbock Independent School District. She will succeed Jack D. Dale, who will leave July 1 after nine years in the post.

A Texas native, Garza currently oversees 30,000 students. She previously worked as chief academic officer of the Houston Independent School District, which has more than 200,000 students. She began her career 26 years ago as a teacher. In Fairfax County, she will lead a school system with 181,000 students.

School Board Chairman Ilryong Moon said Garza’s credentials are impressive.

“She has a proven record of saving operational expenses for school districts and she is very well respected in every school district she has worked in so far,” Moon said.

The School Board will take a final vote on Garza’s approval this month. Contract negotiations will begin in a few weeks.

WNEW’s Karen Adams contributed to this report. Follow her and WNEW on Twitter.

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