Gainey named new Randolph schools super

Apr. 02, 2013 @ 05:53 PM

The acting interim superintendent for Wake County Schools will be the new leader of  Randolph County Schools on July 1.

Stephen Gainey, 42, also has been Wake County assistant superintendent of human resources since 2009. The Randolph County Board of Education will pay Gainey an annual salary of $165,000.

“My family will be members of this community,” Gainey said Tuesday during a reception. “We look forward to July 1.”
The district had 22 applicants for the position. In the fall, Superintendent Donald Andrews announced his retirement after being with the system for eight years. He will remain the school superintendent until June 30. The school system brought in the North Carolina School Boards Association to assist in the search.
“I am very excited about this opportunity,” Gainey said. 
School officials said in a statement that they are confident that Gainey can lead the district to the next level of achievement. He has been successful in raising student achievement and closing achievement gaps while providing oversight  of directors and principals.
“Continuous improvement as a school system and a focus on keeping children first will be top priorities as we look forward to a bright, positive future for the school system,” according to the statement.
Gainey leads by example and is known as a collaborative, thoughtful and driven leader who can build consensus and who always puts the students first, according to the statement.
“I have high goals and expectations of myself as well,” Gainey said. “It has been a goal of ours to get back to Randolph County. We will work hard but we want to have fun too.”
According to terms of his contract, Gainey will qualify for raise increases equal to the average annual increase awarded to public school employees by the General Assembly. 
The contract also provides:
Retirement: The school board will withhold pay for a retirement annuity if Gainey wants and will pay a contribution to the State Retirement Fund each year. 
Travel:  Expenses total $500 per month for in-county expenses with reimbursements for other travel like  other district staff receives.
Communications: The school board will provide a mobile communications device.
Growth: The school board will pay for membership dues to professional associations and some expenses for “growth” activities.
Honoraria: The contract allows Gainey to accept compensation for work performed while he is on leave from the district.
Termination: The board must give 90 days notice to end the contract and pay the salary the superintendent would have received under the contract from the actual date of termination to the end for the current contract. If the superintendent takes another job, severance would be reduced by the amount of the new salary.

Dr. Stephen Gainey

Age: 42

Career: A Wake County schools math teacher then  assistant principal of Leesville Road High in 1996; principal of Turrentine Middle School in the Alamance-Burlington School System, 2001, then Leesville Road High as its principal, 2004.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in education leadership from East Carolina University;  a doctorate in education administration and supervision from N.C. State University, 2003.

Previouisly, HPE reported . .. . .

The new superintendent for Randolph County Schools is Dr. Stephen Gainey. Gainey is from Wake County. He will start July 1, with a yearly salary of $165,000.

Last December Gainey was named Interim Superintendent for the Wake County Public School System. He began his career with Wake County schools as an Apex High math teacher before becoming assistant principal of Leesville Road High in 1996. He became principal of Turrentine Middle in the Alamance-Burlington School System in 2001, then returned to Leesville Road High as its principal in 2004. He earned his doctorate in 2003.

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