Schools Finance Officer Leaving To Accept Position In New District

SMITHFIELD – Johnston County Public Schools Finance Officer Art Stanley has submitted his resignation. Stanley has been with the school district for the past 12 years.  He has accepted a job as the Executive Director of Financial Services for Wilson County Schools.  He will replace Rene Evans who is retiring from that position.

“I have been fortunate in my career to have worked with excellent school systems and Johnston County Public Schools is no exception,” Mr. Stanley said. “The relationships that have been formed will last a lifetime.  It has been a privilege and honor for the last 12 years to be a part of this school system.”

Johnston County Public Schools interim Superintendent Dr. Ben Williams said Friday, “Art Stanley’s contribution to Johnston County Public Schools has been immense and is greatly appreciated. For 13 years Mr. Stanley maintained a commitment to detail and excellence, while performing his duties as the district’s Finance Officer. He is extremely knowledgeable and will be missed. We wish him all the best with Wilson County Public Schools.” 

Mr. Stanley’s departure comes amidst a multi-million dollar budget shortfall for Johnston County Schools this fiscal year.

Stanley will begin work on July 1, 2020 in Wilson County. His starting salary will be $116,000.  He current annual salary in Johnston County is $116,148.

“Mr. Stanley had previously served as Finance Director for Wilson County Schools before his tenure in Johnston County,” said Superintendent Dr. Lane Mills. “We are ecstatic to be able to have Art return to Wilson. While his knowledge and skills in financial matters are exemplary, the staff and community of Wilson are fortunate to have someone of his integrity and character return home.”

Stanley, a graduate of Appalachian State University, has worked in Richmond County Schools, Wilson County Schools and Johnston County Public Schools. He lives in Wilson and the new position with Wilson County Schools will be closer to his home.