RCS narrows search for new superintendent

Jan. 28, 2013 @ 07:59 PM

The Randolph County Board of Education has narrowed the field in its search for a new school superintendent.
The school board will begin a series of closed-session meetings to discuss personnel issues related to the search. The system had 22 applicants apply for the position and school officials have now narrowed that pool to seven potential candidates. They will begin interviewing them next week.
“Things have been going very well and the board has been moving swiftly on this,” said Matthew Lambeth, school board member. “We have some great applicants. The public has also been given a chance to tell us what they want in a superintendent.”
The board is looking for a strong academic partner, someone who has a vision for the future of Randolph County Schools and is committed to educating the whole child, Lambeth said. While the board is moving steadily toward making a decision, there is not much of a timeline for them.
“There is no real definite date. Ideally we want to give someone enough time, if they are currently serving in another district, to inform their current board of their intentions and allow them to the help their current board go through a search,” Lambeth said. “We are on track and right where we want to be as far as time goes. I think that we will see something in the coming months.”
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 has brought in the North Carolina School Boards Association to assist in the search.
The organization’s superintendent search service provides consultations and customize the search process for the board, draft a vacancy announcement and qualifications profile describing the system, advertise the position in multiple media, compile and provide each board member with copies of all applications, handle all contact and correspondence with applicants, arrange interviews and assist with drafting interview questions, check references and arrange for background checks.
“Work with them has been smooth sailing the entire time,” Lambeth said. “There has not a more professional, well-organized organization to help us in this search than Allison Schafer and her team.”
Randolph County Schools is moving toward the future, according to Lambeth.
“I am very hopeful for the future of Randolph County Schools. We have a great system, a lot of great people who work for us and parents and students who are motivated and ready to move the system forward,” Lambeth said. “We’ve got a board that is ready to move this system forward and it is a good day to be a student in Randolph County.”

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Special Called Meetings
The Randolph County Board of Education will meet in specially called meetings on the following date at the following times:

• Tuesday, Feb. 5 beginning at 4 p.m.
• Monday, Feb. 11 beginning at 5 p.m.
• Wednesday, Feb. 13 beginning at 5 p.m.

All meetings will be at Randolph Electric at 879 McDowell Road in Asheboro. The only item on the agenda for each day will be a closed session for confidential personnel matters pursuant to G.S. 143-318.11(a)(6) and G.S. 115C-319.
The board will convene the meetings in the front lobby and then proceed to another room to hold the closed sessions.