CHCCS Board of Education Continues Search for Superintendent with a Public Forum

The search for a new superintendent of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education continues tonight at a meeting held at Chapel Hill High School at 7 p.m.

This process has been in the works for the past few months following previous Superintendent Tom Forcella’s retirement announcement in May.

The board and the community have discussed many requirements they would like the next superintendent to agree with as they move forward with many potential changes in the school district, such as the Equality Draft Plan and racial inequality concerns voiced at the board’s meeting in June.

“I want [the superintendent] to be able to look into any of the racial disparities that we have so far within our system,” said Joyce Powell, mother of both a graduate and current student in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. “I know the board has worked hard on putting forward some other implementations to help, but I think we can do a little bit better…every child matters, and to me, this is what this is all about.”

The board has since discussed the concerns and plan to set expectations regarding this matter for the new superintendent.  Other concerns that may or may not have been brought up at previous meetings are welcomed at tonight’s meeting.

The Board encourages public comment from all community members in hopes it will lead the board to a well thought-out candidate that is approved by everyone involved.

All parents and community members are also asked to complete a survey online for the board to present at the next North Carolina Board Association meeting on September 15.

Staff of CHCCS will be asked to complete a separate survey for the local board to present to the state.

The meeting held tonight will only be discussing the matter of finding a new superintendent; all other matters will be discussed at their next meeting held on Thursday, September 1.

Click the link to fill-out the survey.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education Approve Interim Assistant Superintendent

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools has named an interim assistant superintendent of instructional services for the 2016-17 school year.

Dr. Rydell Harrison was approved at a meeting by the Board of Education on Wednesday to be the assistant superintendent.

The replacement was in response to Dr. Magda Parvey accepting a new position with the City School District of New Rochelle in New York.

CHCCS Board chair James Barrett said in a release that Dr. Harrison is the best person for the job.

“He is a skilled leader with proven results in the area of instruction, has great relationships with the principals and teachers, and brings a clear understanding of the challenges we will face in the coming year,” said Barrett.

Harrison is a graduate from Rutgers with a Master’s Degree from Duke and UNC-Greensboro as well as a Doctorate from UNC-Greensboro. Harrison started his education career as a music teacher in New Jersey.

He has 19 years of education experience, including serving as principal at both elementary and middle schools for Guilford County Schools. He also was the principal of Philips Middle School.

He currently serves as the Executive Director of Professional Development and Project ADVANCE.

In June, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools named Dr. Jim Causby to be their interim superintendent.

Public Input Open for CHCCS Superintendent Search

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education began its search for a new superintendent and is seeking input from the community.

Current superintendent Tom Forcella is retiring on August 1 after five years with the district. Jim Causby has been selected as the interim superintendent.

The North Carolina School Boards Association is working alongside the Board of Education to assist with the search for a candidate by conducting a short community survey and holding public hearings.

The survey will assist board members shape and get a sense of what qualities and characteristics in a superintendent are most important to the school system.

The board is encouraging parents and interested community members to complete the survey available online in English or Spanish.

Along with completing the survey, the board is asking residents to sign up to comment publicly at the public forums which will be held August 30 at seven o’clock in the evening at Chapel Hill High School and September 10 at 1:30 in the afternoon at Northside Elementary School.

Interested community members can also submit written statements to Allison Schafer via mail, at NCSBA, P.O. Box 97877, Raleigh, NC 27624, email, at, or fax, at 919-841-4020.

All surveys and comments must be completed by Thursday, September 1. The NCSBA will then compile, summarize and present their findings at a board meeting on September 15.

Anyone interested in applying for the superintendent must complete an application and meet requirements detailed on the NCSBA website by September 1.

Orange County School Board Names New Superintendent

The Orange County Schools Board of Education has selected a Wake County educator to serve as the district’s new superintendent.

Photo via Wake County Public Schools

Photo via Wake County Public Schools

Dr. Todd Wirt currently serves as Assistant Superintendent for Academics in Wake County Schools. He has 16 years experience in public education, including teaching science and math to middle schoolers and serving as a middle school and high school principal.

The school board screened 40 applicants for the position. A statement to the press reads:

“The board was especially impressed with his focus on closing the achievement gap and implementing the school system’s strategic plan.”

Wirt implemented a 1-to-1 laptop initiative at Mooresville High School, similar to the initiative in place at middle and high schools in Orange County.

Wirt will step in to his new role in July, taking over from interim Superintendent Del Burns.

OC Schools Names Superintendent

ORANGE COUNTY – McDowell County Schools Superintendent Dr. Gerri Martin was announced Thursday night as Orange Schools’ next superintendent.

Martin has served McDowell County in Marion since July 2012. She’s been working in education for 27 years, including four years as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction prior to her role in McDowell.

The Orange County Schools Board of Education reviewed 30 applications which came from 11 states. In a press release on Thursday, the board said Martin’s experience, credentials, strong communication skills, tenacious work ethic, and dedication to student learning makes her the best fit.

Martin got her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Politics from Wake Forest University. A few years later, she went on to Appalachian State University where she obtained her master’s of arts in Educational Leadership. She continued her education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received her Doctorate of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations.

“I am so humbled to receive the opportunity for this responsibility,” Martin said. “I come with great enthusiasm to serve the students, staff, and community of Orange County.”

Martin will take the position at a date to be determined in October.