Search starts for new Dare County Schools superintendent

Published 7:59 am Tuesday, July 26, 2022

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The Dare County Schools Ad Hoc Committee for Superintendent Search met for the first time Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at the central office in Nags Head.

The committee delved into process and timeline.

Two documents are currently under review by the system’s new attorney, Rachel Hitch with Poyner Spruill of Raleigh. The documents are the vacancy announcement for the superintendent position and a survey to provide opportunity for school system employees, parents, students and others to provide insights on the system and superintendent position.

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Both documents must be reviewed and approved by the Dare County Board of Education.

Once the attorney review is finished, board Chairman David Twiddy will be asked to call a special meeting – most likely virtual – for board members to vote on the vacancy announcement and the survey content.

When approved, the vacancy announcement calling for applications will run for 45 days while the survey will have a three-week time period.

The survey results will be tabulated and used to form candidate interview questions.

This committee is moving quickly. Committee and board member Carl Woody suggested waiting until after the November election. Both Mary Ellon Ballance, who chairs the committee, and board and committee member Susan Bothwell wanted to proceed now with this initial superintendent search conducted in-house.

After 45 minutes of discussion, the committee moved into a closed session, which lasted an hour and 35 minutes.

Attending this first meeting were Board of Education and ad hoc committee members Ballance, who chairs the group, Bothwell and Woody.

Additional members of the committee are principals Rachel Benton of Cape Hatteras Elementary School, who attended the meeting electronically; Tami Harper of Manteo Middle School; and Chuck Lansing of First Flight High School. Attending from the central office are the Dare system’s new human resources director Oliver Holley; Holly King, director of technology services; and Shannon Castillo, director of administrative services and career and technical education. Georgia Sellers is serving the scribe for the committee. It was previously announced that Assistant Superintendent Johanna Parker would serve on the committee, however she has recently resigned to accept a job with Cabarrus County Schools.