21 candidates apply for superintendent position

By Wendy Byerly Wood - wbyerly-wood@civitasmedia.com

With more than 50 applications for superintendent requested, the Elkin City Schools has a pool of 21 completed applications to consider in its search for the person to fill its top leadership position.

The deadline to return applications was July 15, explained school board Chairman Dr. Richard Brinegar during Monday’s meeting.

“We are going to individually look at those applications and resumes, and I’ve instructed the board members when they have their top 10 or so, we’ll try to come up with a combined list,” Brinegar said.

While the school board is doing its job of narrowing candidates, Brinegar encouraged feedback from the community, through completion of its survey about what people want to see in the next superintendent. The survey is available in both English and Spanish, and can be taken online at web.elkin.k12.nc.us or on paper by picking up a survey at the school system’s administrative offices at 202 W. Spring St.

“We hope everyone will contribute,” Brinegar said. “The survey numbers are low right now.”

Before any interviews are conducted, he said plans are to hold town-hall-style meetings with the system’s educators at the administrative office or at the individual schools.

“We want as much community input as possible,” he said, adding that surveys could be made available at the open houses for the new school year as well. “One of the greatest things in this community is how many people care about this school system, and we want them to help us make the best decision possible. We are really counting on everyone’s input.”

In other board business during the meeting, Interim Superintendent Dr. Don Martin presented a few miscellaneous items to be decided by the members.

In one action of approval, the board members unanimously voted to:

• Adjust the board agenda going forward to start with a work session followed by staff presentations, discussion items, action items and finally consent items, announcements and reminders;

• Set a special called meeting on Aug. 15 at 5 p.m. to deal with any needed budgetary items now that the local and state budgets have been finalized, and to possibly discuss the superintendent search if the board is ready at that point;

• Cancel subscriptions to two school board publications which are costing the system about $340 a year and to end the payment to the North Carolina School Board Association for its $1,200 legal assistance fund contribution;

• Do away with two vacant teaching positions at Elkin Elementary School in light of having a smaller number of students in grade levels first and third, which will leave four teachers in those two grade levels, with the school leadership planning to work with volunteers to help teachers as they are needed. “We will work toward making sure everyone has what they need,” said EES Principal Pam Colbert, during discussion of the proposal.

Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.

By Wendy Byerly Wood


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