Board of Education Hires New Superintendent

Board of Education Hires New Superintendent

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By / Local News / Tuesday, 04 August 2020 01:31

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY - The New Hanover County Board of Education announced their selection for a new Superintendent of the School System last week.
Dr. Charles Foust will begin his employment on September 1st, 2020.
Foust replaces former Superintendent Tim Markely after his resignation in February of this year amid a sexual abuse scandal involving a band teacher at Roland Grise Middle School was arrested January 27th, for sex crimes.
According to Lieutenant Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Department, Peter Frank was arrested on twelve counts of felony sex crimes involving students. Ultimately, a Grand Jury Indicted Frank on 17 sex offense charges.
According to a release issued by the Board of Education, "The board thoughtfully considered the community and staff input provided during the search process, including online surveys and organizational statements.  The Board carefully reviewed applications from a diverse field of thirty-nine highly-qualified candidates.  Although many qualified candidates applied, the Board felt that Dr. Foust’s experience, leadership, and dedication to students and staff would best serve NHCS students, employees, and the community for years to come."
Board Chair Lisa Estep explained, "The members of the New Hanover County Board of Education unanimously and enthusiastically support Dr. Foust’s selection as our new superintendent," and, "We are certain that Dr. Foust’s energy, aggressive goal-setting, and experience with school turnaround will lead our high-achieving school system to even higher achievement.  His demonstrated commitment to equity, communication, and transparency made his selection a strong choice for our schools and our community right now.”" 
According to the School System, "Dr. Foust has enjoyed a long and successful career in public education spanning more than twenty-three years in North Carolina, Texas, and Kansas.  Since 2018, he has served as the superintendent of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS)—one of Kansas’ largest school systems.  When he arrived, the school system was designated as one of the lowest performing school systems in the state.  Under his leadership, the school system achieved double-digit growth in student achievement, including significant gains in math and reading across all student populations.  Most recently, KCKPS was recognized at the state and local level for its academic growth and nationally for its progress in closing the achievement gap."
Dr. Foust previously served as the chief school performance officer for Union County Public Schools in Monroe, NC and also served as an assistant superintendent, school support officer, and principal for the Houston Independent School District of Houston, Texas. 
According to the School System, "He also previously served as a principal, assistant principal, and curriculum facilitator for the Guilford County Schools (Greensboro, North Carolina).  Dr. Foust began his career in public education as a fourth-grade teacher in Guilford County. Dr. Foust has an impressive academic background as well.  He received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.  He went on to earn a master’s degree in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate in professional leadership from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas."
According to a bio issued by the School System, "Dr. Foust has been married to his wife, Sherelle, for 21 years, and together they have two daughters: Kennedi (16) and Brooklin (12). Dr. Foust looks forward to the opportunity to lead New Hanover County Schools and to become an active and engaged member of the community." 
Foust explained, "Thank you to the New Hanover County Board of Education in this new partnership," and, "What an honor to be entrusted as the next district leader of New Hanover County Schools.  I sincerely believe all students have the ability to learn; our job is to create and offer a first-class education in a safe and inviting setting.  My charge is to assist all employees in the development of our school district so that we move from a good district to a world-class educational facility.  I’m thrilled to be at the helm at this critical moment for our school district, which I believe has the potential to be an exemplar of educational excellence and social impact."

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