WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The New Hanover County Board of Education selected Dr. Tim Markley as the next Superintendent of Schools.
Dr. Markley is currently the superintendent of Catawba County. He has a tentative contract agreement with the board of education to start November 1st. However, Markley could begin sooner. He has a 90 day out clause in his current contract agreement in Catawba County.
After the announcement, the board voted unanimously to select Markley and ratify his proposed contract.
"His sense of leadership, his vision, the fact that he brought some interesting approaches to education to New Hanover County," Ed Higgins said. "For me, he was the one who could best lead us forward."
Markley will make $200,000 annually in a four year contract.
Markley is currently on a two day retreat. Board members reached him by phone around 10 a.m. and sent him the copy of a proposed contract. A little after noon, Markley reached the board to say he was agreeable to the contract.
Markley has committed to attending a countywide convocation on August 20th and hopes to make other appearances until he can join the county full-time.
"I am truly excited about coming to New Hanover," said Markley. "I want to thank the board and thank the folks in New Hanover County. I look forward to the challenge."
Higgins said he did not come to the meeting Wednesday morning knowing who he was going to support.
Board members had met in special session since 8:30 Wednesday morning to choose among the three final candidates - Dr. Rick Holliday, Dr. Tim Markley and Dr. Donna Hargens. All three completed public interviews over the past week with the community.
Appearing on Carolina in the Morning on WECT Wednesday morning, New Hanover County School Board Member Elizabeth Redenbaugh says the best case scenario is for the next Superintendent to be in place by the start of school near the end of August.
"As board members we've had time to think about this. This process started months ago," Elizabeth Redenbaugh said.
Redenbaugh says the nationwide search did not produce many out of state candidates, although some of the final ten were from outside North Carolina. The final three candidates all come from within the state, including one, Holliday, from inside the New Hanover County School system.
"All three, I think, seem to be very data-driven in their decision making, which is very important," Redenbaugh said. "We also are looking for someone who is a visionary, a leader, someone who can bring our community together."
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