RSS announces new HR, school leadership

Published 12:10 am Tuesday, July 9, 2024

SALISBURY — The Rowan-Salisbury School System (RSS) has announced two leadership appointments that will enhance the district’s commitment to educational excellence and student success.

At a special-called school board meeting held Friday, the board approved Ashley Lemley as the director of talent acquisition, a new role with the human resources department. Lemley brings a lot of experience and expertise to this pivotal new role of recruiting high-quality teachers to RSS. Since March 2022, Lemley has been employed by Discovery Education as the manager of educational partnerships, where she has successfully fostered strategic relationships and initiatives. 

Lemley also served with distinction in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools as the director of advanced learning. Her extensive career also includes roles as a teacher, assistant principal and principal with Davidson County Schools. Lemley’s diverse background and leadership skills is expected to assist with identifying and attracting talented, high-quality staff to RSS.   

In addition to Lemley, the board approved Jay Iadarola as the principal of Hurley Elementary School. Iadarola most recently served as assistant principal at West Cabarrus High School in Concord. With nine years of experience as an assistant principal in Cabarrus and Union counties and 10 years of teaching experience, Iadarola has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to educational leadership and student achievement. His proven track record and dedication to fostering a positive and inclusive learning environment will benefit the Hurley Elementary School community.

“We are excited to welcome Ms. Lemley and Mr. Iadarola to their new roles,” Superintendent Kelly W. Withers said. “The Rowan-Salisbury School System is committed to attracting and retaining high-quality staff to ensure all students receive the highest quality education. These leadership appointments reflect our ongoing dedication to academic excellence and the well-being of our students.”