Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A New Super for Lee Co!

Well that didn't take long.  After hearing all the complaints [suggestions too] from teachers and citizens, Herald's editorial board, and multiple letters on the subject of using another national search team to find Moss' replacement, the Lee Co School Board finally makes a decision that's palatable.   Although Dr. Bryan has been under the tutelage of Super Moss, this blogger prays this is the change we need and the professional we must have to bring this community together.  

From FBC:  Cheers to Dr. Bryan!

LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS: Bryan chosen as next superintendent

Apr. 09, 2013 @ 09:19 PM
Dr. Andy Bryan has been chosen as the next superintendent of Lee County Schools.

The Lee County Board of Education approved Bryan's hire 6-1 and will now enter into contract negotiations. The lone dissenter was John Bonardi, who had led the push for a national search — a strategy the school board abandoned Tuesday night at its monthly meeting.

Bryan, associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction, has been in Lee County seven years as the district's second-highest-ranking administrator. He was a finalist in the 2008 search that ultimately netted current superintendent Jeff Moss, who will resign June 30 in order to become superintendent in Beaufort County, S.C.

"This is my home," Bryan said after the audience who had stayed late at Tuesday's meeting had finished giving him hugs, handshakes and congratulations. "I'm humbled by the opportunity to be superintendent. I think we have great teachers, administrators, students, parents and community support. I look forward to working with everybody."

Bryan also thanked the school board for selecting him outright, after it had appeared he would have to go through a long vetting process if he got the job at all. Ever since Moss announced his intent to retire from the North Carolina school system earlier this year, the board has been talking about doing a national search as it had in the past. It was even supposed to choose which search firm to hire during Tuesday's meeting, but something apparently changed. After returning from closed session, board member Cameron Sharpe made a motion to conduct an internal search. It failed 4-3, but immediately afterward, his fellow board member Mark Akinosho motioned to go ahead and approve Bryan — who shifted abruptly, seemingly surprised at the motion.

Read more in Wednesday's Sanford Herald or online:  http://www.sanfordherald.com/news/x204800613/LEE-COUNTY-SCHOOLS-Bryan-chosen-as-next-superintendent

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