Our View: High Country education poised for new heights
It won't be easy.
A newly mandated curriculum, potential budget curve balls from the state legislature, an as yet unrefined technology plan and credible debate about the worthiness of the state's pre-K program top a list of system priorities that would test even a veteran school's chief.
Kafitz is entering this defining year without the benefit of experience as a school system's top administrator, but given his resume, the unanimous support of the school board and competent and ambitious colleagues, the Asheville native appears to have the tools he will need to succeed.
It is encouraging that Kafitz has an educational foundation in finance and management — these are two subjects in which every superintendent must show extreme dexterity.
It is also promising that Kafitz has hands-on and large-scale experience with classroom technology. With the potential of the high school's laptop program not fully realized and the penchant for Watauga and surrounding counties to place technology in ever-younger hands, bridging the digital divide between education and socialization is an increasing challenge.
Amidst such opportunities, we welcome Kafitz and his family to Watauga County. We look forward to getting to know you, as you get to know us.
We also look forward to building a relationship — and building on the firm educational foundation of our community.