The search and hiring of a new school superintendent is a huge transition for a school district, but Dr. Don Martin, who was sworn in Monday as the interim superintendent for Elkin City Schools, said he wants to make sure the students can’t tell a difference.
“Getting a new superintendent is a big change, but for the kids, this needs to be seamless,” Martin said after he took his oath of office for the interim position. The students need to enjoy their time in school, whether as a fifth-grader or senior, he said.
He said for the students, it’s easier for them to understand that he is a substitute superintendent, because they know what substitutes are.
“I’ve followed interims three times and I’ve found that districts sit idle. Hopefully we’re not going to bring any new initiatives, but we need to take care of the business at hand and keep moving forward,” Martin said of the work he’ll see to as the board of education conducts its search for a new permanent superintendent.
“There are a few details between now and when school starts, some budget issues and getting positions filled. Then once that’s decided they need to be on board, and then there is training,” he said of upcoming events to take place.
On July 25, the school board will hold its regular monthly meeting, and Martin said one of the topics of discussion will be back-to-school readiness.
Another item being addressed by the school system is the new Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaces No Child Left Behind. Martin said the act “provides a huge amount of flexibility to the state, so the state has to come up with a plan over the next 12 months.”
To help with developing its plan, the state has asked all school systems to provide feedback by September on topics such as testing and school report cards. “We have an opportunity we’ve never had before,” Martin said.
He said he is looking forward to the opportunity to serve Elkin City Schools while the school board seeks a new superintendent.
School board Chairman Dr. Richard Brinegar announced during the short meeting for the swearing in that an online survey is now available for the community to provide its input on what it would like to see in a new superintendent for the school system. The survey can be accessed at http://web.elkin.k12.nc.us/ by clicking the link for “Superintendent Survey.” The short survey provides an opportunity at the end for written input as well.
Brinegar said for those who would prefer a paper copy of the survey, those can be obtained at the Elkin City Schools administrative office and returned via mail.
“I can’t stress enough we want the whole community involved in this process,” Brinegar said. “We want to hear your input.”
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.