Amy Kafitz chosen for new school psychologist job
by Kellen Moore
Kafitz, who is currently a school psychologist in Union County Public Schools, has 14 years of experience and holds an advanced educational specialist degree, said human resources director Stephen Martin.
Kafitz will join three other school psychologists in handling referrals for pre-K and K-12 students, Martin said.
"We felt a need to add the position based on the last few years," he said, adding that the school system has observed an increase in referrals and evaluations.
Kafitz was selected from among six applicants by a hiring committee that included Martin, two school psychologists and exceptional children's programs director Michael Marcela, Martin said. Their recommendation was then approved Oct. 8 by the Board of Education.
Martin said that Superintendent David Kafitz was not involved with any step of the process.
"We want to hire for all positions the most qualified candidates, so we have a very thorough and objective hiring process," Martin said.
Amy Kafitz is expected to start sometime in November and will make $47,750 annually in the new position, he said.
Under the previous administration of Superintendent Marty Hemric, his wife, Ramona Hemric, also was employed for some time as a teacher in Watauga County Schools.