Onslow County Schools superintendent’s first day on the job

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Friday, March 1 is day one for Dr. Barry Collins as he takes on his new role as Onslow County Schools’ new educational leader. 

Tuesday morning the school district announced Dr. Barry Collins as the next superintendent. 

Collins kicked off Friday with Read Across America at Northwoods Elementary which was followed by a meeting with the school board members.

The Onslow County native graduated from White Oak High School and is proud to be serving his home county. 

“Probably had some opportunities to go other places, but my family is here. My wife’s family is from here so I chose to stay and it was the right decision for me and my family to stay here,” said Collins.

He said he wants to focus on student growth particularly in math and mental health. 

“Seems to be one of the things that is becoming more prevalent with our students and our staff,” said Collins.  

Collins was one out of 32 candidates to be considered for the job. 

However, the district said Collins’ experience, leadership, and dedication to students made him the right fit for Onslow County Schools. 

Collins previously worked for Onslow County as a teacher, principal, and an associate superintendent. 

He will attend his first school board of education meeting Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Blue Creek Elementary. 

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