County begins search for new superintendent
Davidson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Fred Mock is set to retire at the end of the year, he announced Monday.
After 16 years in his current position, Mock has decided to step down Jan. 1, leaving the Davidson County School Board to search for a new superintendent.
"Certainly over the course of 16 years, Dr. Mock has led his administrative staff to implement all types of things to keep our school system moving into the 21st century," said Carol Crouse, chairperson of the board. "Now that we're entering the standard course of study for the state, he's allowed his administrators to do what they need to move forward."
According to Crouse, the board will meet with its attorney Friday to begin the search.
Mock has no intentions of slowing down over the next four months, however, and said he does not even want to discuss the details of his retirement yet. Instead, he will concentrate on the upcoming school year.
"This region, as with others, has many challenges ahead," Mock said. "My hope is that we can continue to meet those challenges as a team of government officials and educators. I'm going to continue to work. There will be a time later when I will talk about successes of the journey."
Crouse lauded Mock's efforts to facilitate an excellent relationship with the Davidson County Board of Commissioners and his supervision during the construction of five elementary schools and a middle school. She said Mock has been successful in leading building and renovations projects, as well as other parts of his job, because he understood the nuances of rural life.
A Davidson County native himself, Mock graduated from West Davidson High School and began work in the county in 1975 as guidance counselor at East Davidson.
Crouse hopes the next superintendent will also have a firm grasp on county geography and how to navigate relationships within the system.
"We would love to find someone with his roots and experience," Crouse said. "The one thing that will probably be the hardest to replace is his heart and love for students and their success. No matter what kind of boundaries or hurdles, it's always at the center of everything Dr. Mock has left at the center of his tenure. He is going to be very difficult to replace."
Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or firstname.lastname@example.org.