The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

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August 23, 2006

New schools chief to be introduced

Witherspoon from Guilford

A Guilford County Schools support officer for middle schools is expected to be named the new superintendent for Edgecombe County Public Schools tonight during a special called meeting of the Board of Education, The Daily Southerner learned.

Dr. Craig Witherspoon has been at Guilford County Schools for about a year, according to a spokeswoman there. No other information was available at press time.

No one associated with Edgecombe County Public Schools would confirm or deny the Witherspoon appointment. Board of Education Evelyn Wilson was unavailable for comment.

Five of the seven board members traveled to Greensboro on Aug. 8 “to check references,” Wilson said.

Guilford County is the state’s third largest school system with more than 70,000 students in 115 schools.

Following last week’s monthly meeting, Wilson said that progress had been made in the search but there was nothing to be made public. She said that the board hoped to have some information to make public by tonight’s meeting.

“We’re optimistic on the timeline the public has in hand,” she said. “We have a lot to get ready for. We are confident that next week we will have some information to make public.”

Former superintendent Dr. Steve Stone resigned from his position in April to accept the superintendent position with Caldwell County’s public schools in the western part of the state.

Stone was paid about $150,000 per year.

The search for a new superintendent began the month following Stone’s resignation and followed a tentative timeline that pegged the announcement of the new superintendent for Sept. 11.

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