Onslow County Schools superintendent to step down

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Onslow County Schools superintendent Rick Stout will be stepping down, according to a release the school system sent out Wednesday. 

Stout’s resignation will be effective January 1.

He has served as Onslow County’s superintendent for the past five years and previously worked as superintendent in Scotland County. 

His education career spans a total of 32 years, during which he has worked as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, assistant superintendent of finance and human resources, and assistant superintendent of instruction and auxiliary services.

The board will soon look at how to fill the position, and School Board Chairman Pam Thomas said she would like to work with North Carolina School Boards Association as part of the process.

In a letter notifying board members of his decision, Stout stated:

“As the superintendent of the Onslow County School System, I have had the privilege of working with a professional and supportive board of education along with a staff that has always kept the best interest of students at the forefront of their decisions. The district has provided me with a wealth of experiences and fulfillment in so many areas that this is a difficult decision to make.” “There are wonderful things to be proud of in the Onslow County School System, including a close relationship with our military community, first implementation of our Early College, Virtual Academy, and the recognition of the first global district in the state.” 

“There are wonderful things to be proud of in the Onslow County School System, including a close relationship with our military community, first implementation of our Early College, Virtual Academy, and the recognition of the first global district in the state.” Stout added. “I am very proud of Onslow’s
commitment to building the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center that will have a tremendous impact on our region. The successes and numerous recognitions would not have been possible without the positive relationships established with county officials, Coastal Carolina Community College and state representatives, along with a school board that maintains a vision for the future of a tomorrow student.”

“Finally, I am honored to have been a member of the Onslow County School System family and I am happy and grateful to close out my career in Onslow County.” Stout continued. “My hope is that I have served this school community well and I am confident that the school and district leadership is strong and will remain steadfast in moving the district forward.”
 

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