Winston-Salem, NC-- The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education voted Tuesday to hire the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) of Raleigh to assist with the search for a superintendent.
Current Superintendent Dr. Don Martin will leave the position in June 2013. Martin announced in September that he would retire next year, after 18 years with the school system.
Recently civic and business leaders have expressed interest in the search process and have offered to pay for the services of a search firm. Donny Lambeth, chairman of the board, expressed gratitude for the community's offer.
"We are pleased that the community has agreed to help us with the search by providing the funding necessary to hire a search organization.
Lambeth said the administration has already received applications, several from highly qualified individuals.
Community input will be received during four public forums scheduled on Nov. 29, December 4, December 13 and January 8 in the following locations:
-- Thursday, Nov. 29, in the auditorium at Southwest Elementary School (1631 Southwest School Drive, Clemmons
-- Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the auditorium of the Education Building. Located at: 4801 Bethania Station Road, Winston-Salem
-- Thursday, Dec. 13, in the auditorium at East Forsyth High School located at: 2500 W. Mountain Street, Kernersville
-- Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the auditorium at Carver High School located at: 3545 Carver School Road
Each forum will begin at 6 p.m. and start with a brief explanation of the hiring process. Attendees will have an opportunity to offer their opinions. Spanish-language interpreters will be at each forum. The forums will be filmed and available for viewing on the school system's website, wsfcs.k12.nc.us.
For those unable to attend, surveys will be available beginning Nov. 29 to give board members feedback. The surveys will be available on the school system's website and in paper form, and both English and Spanish copies will be available.