FAIRFAX, Va. (CBSDC) It’s back to school for Fairfax Co. — the largest school district in Northern Va. whose now facing more challenges, responsibilities, as well as a new leader.

Fairfax Co. is gearing up for the new school year by appointing 50-year-old Karen Garza to take on the new role as superintendent.

WNEW reporter Kevin Patrick was at Fairfax High School, just one of the many schools that Garza will be in charge of in a district consisting of over 180,000 students.

But the size of the student body has not deterred Garza from taking on her new duties. In fact, she is no stranger to larger schools where her native Houston, Texas was home to an even bigger school district.

In a county that keeps on growing, Garza would like to spend her time visiting different schools and communicating the message that “we’re all part of this system, we’re part of fairfax county schools.”

Eventually she would like to plan for later start times in schools to help sleep deprived students have more preparation for class and give greater attention to schools that are in need of financial assistance.

WNEW’s Kevin Patrick contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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