58°
Weather by

View Full Forecast

Login | Register

facebook Icon rss Icon twitter Icon

Pitt County School Board members discuss plans for hiring a new superintendent at the Pitt County Office Building on April 5.  (Aileen Devlin/ The Daily  Reflector)

Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflecto

Pitt County School Board members discuss plans for hiring a new superintendent at the Pitt County Office Building on April 5. (Aileen Devlin/ The Daily Reflector)

Editorial: Whichard must decide

0 Comments | Leave a Comment


Selecting a new superintendent of public schools represents the most important responsibility likely to ever face members of the Pitt County Board of Education while in office. It is absolutely critical that they listen to the concerns of the general public and their constituents, conduct a process that is open and accessible, and identify a candidate with the experience and savvy to lead a district with so large a student population.

District 4 representative and board Chairman Marc Whichard threatens to unsettle that process as he considers putting forth his name to succeed Beverly Emory, who will step down effective July 1. In deference to the need for integrity in this process, and in the interest of properly serving those who elected him, Whichard cannot reasonably delay that decision as the hiring process advances.

Emory announced last month that she had accepted the superintendent position with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, placing her at the helm of a district with more students and more schools than here in Pitt County. Responsibility for selecting her replacement falls to the county school board, a worrisome proposition given members’ uneven record in recent years.

For the complete article, please pick up a copy of The Daily Reflector. Current home delivery and electronic edition subscribers may log in to access this article at no charge. To become a subscriber, please click here or contact Customer Service at (252) 329-9505.

NCAA

Bless your heart
Bless your heart