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Before moving to Charlottesville, Atkins was assistant superintendent of schools in Caroline County. 
As of July 2013 her base salary is $188,000.
- Web. Atkins to renew 4-year contract, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, May 21, 2010, retrieved August 15, 2011.
- Web. Superintendent Atkins' contract extended, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, 25 June 2013, retrieved 11 Sept 2013.