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Originally published: 2014-02-26 09:28:08
Last modified: 2014-02-26 09:28:53

Superintendent search still under way by WCS

by Allison Haver

The Watauga County Board of Education is still on the hunt for a new superintendent.

According to board Chairman Dr. Lee Warren, the board met as a group last week to go over the 23 applications they received.

"We are also in the process of arranging interviews," Warren said.

The deadline for applications was on Jan. 17 and Vice Chairwoman Delora Hodges said the board members reviewed the applications individually before coming together as a group to discuss the potential candidates.

A high turnover rate has been the trend in the past few years for the leading position of Watauga County Schools with two superintendents and two interim superintendents serving.

In September 2011, Marty Hemric, who was hired for the position in 2008, announced he was leaving to head the Wilkes County School system. Dick Jones, a former superintendent at WCS, came out of retirement to fill the position in the interim until David Kafitz was hired in June 2012.

David Fonseca, Watauga County School's current interim superintendent assumed leadership of Watauga County Schools in late March 2013, when the school system announced a $186,110 buyout of Kafitz's contract attributable to public complaints about his exchanges with community members.

Fonseca's contract expires June 30 and the board plans employ the new superintendent beginning July 1.