Last updated: August 02. 2014 4:22AM - 2333 Views
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HAMLET — Richmond County Schools will have a new superintendent next week.

Wiley Mabe, chairman of the Richmond County Board of Education, said the final decision will be made when the school board votes between two finalists at Tuesday evening’s meeting.

The two top candidates are interim superintendent Dr. Cindy Goodman and Wingate University professor Dr. Rick Watkins, Mabe said.

Goodman has been interim superintendent over the past month following the retirement of Dr. George Norris, who held the post for seven years.

During her 29 years in the education field, Goodman has been a teacher, assistant principal and principal and has served on several statewide boards. Before being named interim superintendent, she was an assistant superintendent under Norris.

“With my extensive background in education, I feel I am a strong candidate for superintendent,” she told the Daily Journal in June. “Overall, we have a lot of good things going on in Richmond County Schools, and we will continue to work hard and keep our focus on the students.”

Goodman is married to state Rep. Ken Goodman, who is currently serving his second term in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

Watkins also has an extensive background in education. He was formerly the principal of Hamlet Junior High and an assistant superintendent at both Richmond County Schools and Scotland County Schools. Watkins is currently an assistant professor of education at Wingate University, a position he’s held since 2009.

Watkins could not be reached for comment in time for this story.

The superintendent will oversee the operations of the central office in Hamlet and all of the county’s public schools and report to the board of education.

Richmond County has 16 public schools consisting of seven elementary schools, four middle schools, four high schools and one alternative school with about 7,700 students.

Reach reporter William R. Toler at 910-817-2675.

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