The Onslow County Board of Education will discuss the process for the search for the next Onslow County Schools superintendent during Tuesday night’s meeting.

The board will first hear a presentation from Allison Schafer, with the North Carolina School Boards Association, on the organization’s superintendent search services.

“We’ve used the School Boards Association for the last two superintendent searches and it takes the bias out of the process,” said school board Chairwoman Pam Thomas.

The presentation will be given during a special meeting to begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday prior to the board’s regular meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m.

“We have several board members who have not been through the process and we want everyone to understand what the School Boards Association does and how the process works,” Thomas said.

When the regular session convenes, the board is scheduled to discuss the search service as well as selection of an interim superintendent.

Onslow County Schools Superintendent Rick Stout announced at the board’s Aug. 1 workshop that he plans to retire effective Jan. 1.

Thomas said no applications will be submitted to the board for consideration until after the school board election November so that newly elected members can be part of the process, but the search process takes a number of months and they want to get the process started.

“The process is lengthy so we want to put the wheels in motion,” she said.

An interim superintendent will be named to serve during the transition to a new person being hired for the job.

During the regular meeting the board will also consider approval of the superintendent’s appointments to the Career & Technical Education Advisory Council.

A closed session will be held at the end of the meeting to discuss land acquisition.

The meetings will be held at Blue Creek Elementary School, 1260 Burgaw Highway, Jacksonville.


Reporter Jannette Pippin can be reached at 910-382-2557.