The Clinton City Board of Education unanimously approved the extension of superintendent Stuart Blount’s contract for an additional year Tuesday night following its regular board meeting.
After coming out of a closed door meeting, school board members were in agreement, voting to extend Blount’s original four-year contract, which included a salary of $141,823 annually, with the city schools through June 30, 2017.
“We believe that the superintendent provides solid leadership, and while we are all about continuous improvement, we are pleased with the overall progress and direction of our school system,” said school board chairwoman Georgina Zeng in a Jan. 8 press release. “We appreciate Mr. Blount’s commitment to professionalism, accountability and customer service throughout the schools.”
”Naturally I’m excited; I’m very appreciative of the board’s confidence in me and in the direction that we’re going,” said Blount on Wednesday, also expressing his appreciation for the school board members’ own leadership and contributions to the school system.
Blount also praised those who lead in each of the five city schools, stressing that together they are working to keep the system moving in the right direction.
“We have pieces in place to continue to move the school system forward and to move our students forward academically,” he said, noting that it takes strong leadership at the school level to do so.”It’s rewarding and exciting for me to see.”
Blount joined Clinton City Schools as superintendent on July 1, 2012, filling the vacancy left by previous superintendent Dr. Michael Basham. Before taking the helm of the city schools, Blount was the assistant superintendent of auxiliary services for Scotland County Schools. Prior to that, Blount had been a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal, at one time leading New Bern High School.
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