Board set to unveil its decision on superintendent

SALISBURY — The Rowan-Salisbury School System will likely know the name of its new superintendent on Monday night.

Kay Wright Norman, vice chairwoman of the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education, said Thursday that the board’s decision might not be finalized until Tuesday morning. But on Friday, Chairman Richard Miller said the board hopes to hire and announce the new superintendent at Monday’s meeting.

Miller and Norman both said the board has made its decision, but negotiations are still in process.

“Any of our top four could do the job that’s needed to be done,” Norman said. “People do their homework in terms of your district. All of them were able to present excellent ideas.”

Board members had to agree on how to rank the four finalists interviewed Friday, Norman said, and to offer the job to the top choice.

“You don’t have an announcement to make until that dotted line is signed,” Norman said. “When you’re dealing with a sitting superintendent, or an administrator in some other place, they have to deal with their boards as well.”

In the past, she said, board members have traveled to the school districts where their final candidates were coming from. This time, they didn’t.

“One of the reasons you don’t do that is because sometimes communities or boards may not know someone has applied, so (the candidates) don’t want that known,” Norman said.

The school system’s current superintendent, Dr. Judy Grissom, announced in the spring that she plans to retire Sept. 30.

The board has been conducting its search since early April through the N.C. School Boards Association, which advertised the position and collected applications. The process included a public forum, community and staff surveys and a board discussion about what qualities the next superintendent should have.

After that, the Board of Education continued its search in closed sessions, including meetings to conduct first and second interviews.

“It’s been a long, arduous process,” Norman said. “Maybe another word is exhausting. ... But we worked with the North Carolina School Boards Association, and they save us a lot of work. They really do.”

Contact reporter Karissa Minn at 704-797-4222.



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