School Board Launches Nationwide Search For New Superintendent

The Johnston County School Board has formally hired the NC School Board Association (NCSBA) to perform a nationwide search for their next superintendent.

On Jan. 14th, the Johnston County School Board formally approved a contract with the NCSBA.  Allison Schafer, NCSBA Director of Policy and Legal Counsel, met with local school leaders on December 10, 2019 and again on January 6th, 2020.  Schafer also appeared during their Jan. 14th meeting to answer any additional questions.

“As you know, we did a presentation earlier about our services. We are here, we work with school boards across the state to do superintendent search as administration of the superintendent searches. The board is the decision maker about who the superintendent is, but we help with the documents and all that sort of thing,” Schafer said Tuesday evening.

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As part of the process, students, parents and members of the public are invited to take a Community Survey by Wednesday, February 26th. The results will be compiled, summarized, and presented by the NCSBA at the March 10th regularly scheduled board meeting.

In addition, all employees of Johnston County Schools will have an opportunity to complete a separate online staff survey. Details about completing the employee version of the superintendent search survey will be communicated through school system email. Those internal surveys must also be completed by Wednesday, Feb. 26, with the results also being presented at the March 10th school board meeting.

Written Comments
In addition to input received from the community and staff surveys, local groups and organizations may submit written statements regarding the leadership qualities that they consider important in the next superintendent.  The statements can be submitted to Allison Schafer, NCSBA, P.O. Box 97877, Raleigh, NC 27624, by email at, or by fax at 919-841-4020. These statements must be received no later than Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Public Comment At Board Meetings
Students, parents, other members of the community, and staff also may sign up to address the board during the public comment period at any of the upcoming regularly scheduled board meetings, scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Feb. 11 and March 10.  The meetings will be held in the Evander Simpson Building, located at 2320 U.S. 70 Business Highway East in Smithfield. All individuals and groups must sign up to speak before the meeting begins and must otherwise comply with applicable board policy.

The Johnston County Board of Education stated, “Our employees and community members continue to request that a national search be conducted because our staff, students, and community deserve the very best superintendent we can find.”

The NCSBA started Wednesday, Jan. 15th advertising for a permanent superintendent.  Applications will be accepted through March 9, 2020.  Following interviews and a selection process, a new superintendent could be named in late-May or June 2020 with employment beginning a few weeks afterwards.

The NCSBA recently completed searches for superintendents in Asheboro City Schools, Davie County Schools, Elizabeth City – Pasquotank Public Schools, Jones County Schools, Onslow County Schools, Orange County Schools, Warren County Schools, and Winston Salem / Forsyth County Schools.

The nationwide search will cost Johnston County Schools approximately $21,500 to $30,000.