WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT) - The Whiteville City Schools Board of Education selected its next superintendent Wednesday night.
Charles Kenneth "Kenny" Garland, associate superintendent of Cherokee County Schools, will replace Tom Hager, who is retiring in June after leading the district for five years.
"I sense a lot of community support for Whiteville City Schools," Garland said. "That is what I'm accustomed to in the previous two situations that I've been in."
As associate superintendent, Garland's current responsibilities include human resources, athletics and high school curriculum.
"We think he can bring great things to Whiteville City Schools as far as curriculum and maybe bringing up our test scores in different areas, said School Board Chair Kandle Rogers.
Garland has served in a variety of public-education capacities, including math teacher, coach and high school principal of Hiwassee Dam High School, which was recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of America's Best High Schools for three consecutive years.
In 2013, Garland was selected as a participant in the Aspiring Superintendents Fellows Program sponsored by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.
Garland and his wife, Carmen, have two children: Lucas, 14, and Camden, 11.
"I think that he and his family are going to fit right in here," Rogers said. "They like the small community."
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