BRISTOL, Va. -

Bristol, Virginia Public Schools has chosen their new leader.

The school board announced Rex Gearheart will be the new superintendent.

Gearheart has more than 18 years of education experience and has served as the assistant superintendent of Bristol Public Schools since 2010.

Rex Gearheart will assume his new role on July 1st.

He replaces Mark Lineburg who accepted a superintendent job in Winchester, Virginia. Lineburg has led Bristol, Virginia schools since 2010.