Superintendent candidates narrowed to final four

By Wendy Byerly Wood -

Elkin City Schools isn’t part of March Madness, but the school board is down to its final four in superintendent candidates.

Elkin Board of Education Chairman Dr. Richard Brinegar announced Friday that the board has narrowed its search further, going from 51 people requesting applications, to 21 applicants, which were narrowed to the 11 candidates who were interviewed this past month.

The final four candidates will be interviewed in special called meetings of the board of education in closed sessions at the Elkin Center of Surry Community College from 5:15 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 3, Oct. 4, Oct. 6 and Oct. 10.

Brinegar said the board is still on target to make an offer by Nov. 1, but said he wasn’t sure if a final narrowing down to two candidates and additional interviews may be needed.

The school board took a break between the early September interviews and the scheduled interviews in order to have time to do background checks on the candidates and because so many other events were taking place around town.

The board of education will hold its regular monthly meeting Monday, with a closed session for personnel matters and attorney consultation at 5 p.m. and the regular meeting beginning at 6 p.m.

The agenda will include presentation of the 2015-16 audit report; the AIG review of the 2016-19 three-year plan and licensure requirements; discussion of Math I honors; the 2017-18 calendar survey; consideration of 2016-17 budget adoption; three proposed policies include adoption of policies, contracts with the board and facility construction; consideration of federal applications; a special provision in high need licensure area; policy considerations for discretionary admission for “tuition students” and compensatory time-exempt employees; consideration for participation in a youth risk behavior survey.

In the consent agenda, the board will consider a field experiment agreement with Wingate University Student to Student Teach; and a field trip request for seventh and eighth grade to Washington, D.C., in April 2017.

Recognitions will include the Elkin High School drum majors; a board spotlight on the principals and assistant principals in relation to the schools’ testing achievements; the Elkin Middle School staff for Day of Service: Remembering 9/11; Cameron Beals and Kenya Easter for attending Governor’s School during the summer; Tony Duncan for receiving NCHSAA Region 7 Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award; those who made the Buckin’ Elk Tailgate Party a success; and those who helped with the UNCSA Symphony concert and the Elkin Academic Enrichment Foundation Bingo night.

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

By Wendy Byerly Wood

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