The Georgetown County School Board has selected three finalists in its search for a new superintendent.
The Board conducted initial interviews three days last week for the position in an effort to find candidates best fitting the leadership profile culled from earlier meetings with employees and community members and an online survey. The Georgetown Board received 70 applications for the position from candidates representing 22 states.
“We were very impressed with the high quality of all the initial candidates we interviewed this week,” said Board chairman Jim Dumm. “We have three strong finalists, and our job now is to narrow these to the one who will be our next leader. We are looking for the right person who can lead us forward.”
The three finalists include:
•Mr. Keith Price currently serves as Assistant Superintendent for the Richland 2 School District, a position he has held since 2014. Previously, he has worked in Richland 2 as principal of Blythewood High School, principal of E.L. Wright Middle School, assistant principal of E.L. Wright Middle School, teacher and assistant administrator at Ridgeview High School, and math teacher at Dent Middle School. Mr. Price started his teaching career at the alternative school in the Greenville County School District.
•Dr. Valarie Williams currently serves as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Scotland County, NC Public Schools, a position she has held since 2014. Previously, she served as a Strategic Staffing (Turnaround) Principal in both a high school and a middle school in Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC) Public Schools. Prior to this assignment, she was a middle school principal in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Dr. Williams also served as middle school principal in the Winston-Salem-Forsyth County (NC) Public Schools and as middle school assistant principal in the Guilford County (NC) Public Schools. In addition, Dr. Williams has teaching and assistant principal experience in two other North Carolina districts.
•Dr. William Wright currently serves as the superintendent of the Hertford County, NC Public Schools, a position he has held since 2015. Previously, he served as superintendent of the McCormick County, SC School District. He has also served as assistant superintendent of Harnett County, NC Public Schools and as a principal in both the Harnett County, NC Public Schools and the Wake County Public Schools. Dr. Wright began his career in education as a business teacher after working as a radio broadcaster and in the construction industry.
The three finalists returned earlier this week for a second interview with the Board. Interviews were conducted on May 18, 19 and 20 with one candidate being interviewed each day. Were it not for Covid — 19, the Board planned to host three drop-ins for the public to meet the finalists. Instead, however, because of circumstances, the Board will utilize electronic media to introduce the candidates to the public.
Chairman Dumm, on behalf of the Board, will introduce each candidate via video. The candidates will have an opportunity to share information about themselves, their backgrounds, and the reasons for their interest in Georgetown. These video clips will be aired on Southern Coastal Cable Channel 12 and on Spectrum Channel 1301. The video clips will also be posted on the district’s website. Details about when these videos will be available for viewing will be announced on the district’s website and shared with the media.
“We encourage employees and members of the community to meet the candidates through these videos and review their resumes on the district website,” said Dumm.
The school board could make a decision as early as the end of this week, or the first of the following week. “This is the most important decision that a school board makes so we want to get it right,” said Dumm. “We have appreciated the support and interest from the community and look forward to announcing the next leader for our school district very soon.”