Who will be the next Davidson County Schools superintendent?
The Davidson County Board of Education has expanded its search for a new superintendent and will now seek input from the school and extended community.
Citizens may participate in a brief online survey to provide suggestions for what types of leadership qualities they expect the next superintendent of Davidson County Schools to possess. Carol Crouse, chairwoman of the Davidson County Board of Education, established a few preliminary expectations for the next superintendent shortly after Mock announced that he would be retiring.
"It's important for someone new to understand the geography," Crouse said. "We need someone who understands what it is to live in a mostly rural environment and that we're not big-city. I feel like we are a good school system, and a lot of folks will want to be a part of this county. I'm hoping our search is going to be a very timely one."
The survey consists of questions that prompt the participant to address the importance of a candidate's background, experience, knowledge and expertise, as well as issues and goals pertaining to the county.
Mock will retire Jan. 1 after investing 16 years in his current position. Praised for renovation projects to middle and high schools, as well as ushering the county into a more technologically-friendly 21st century, Crouse said he will be difficult to replace.
One of the reasons for this has to do with his background. A West Davidson graduate, Mock began work in the county in 1975 as guidance counselor at East Davidson. Nearly 40 years later, his appreciation for the community has not waned.
The district leader said collaboration is what makes Davidson County's a successful system and worthwhile destination for his future replacement.
"I'm very thankful for the students, parents and teachers who have been so supportive of this school system," Mock said. "We have had tremendous cooperation between the school boards, county commissioners and community college. With the creation of new schools and school construction, we've had a lot of good cooperation to put together a unique environment."
The deadline to complete the survey is Sept. 25. To complete the survey, visit the DCS website at www.davidson.k12.nc.us.
Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or firstname.lastname@example.org.