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Carroll to name new school chief Wednesday

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public Schools will name a new superintendent at a meeting tonight, Wednesday, at 6 p.m.

The school system should have a new superintendent who embraces the local culture, the school board heard at a public hearing June 12.
The hearing was held as school system officials search for a replacement for Greg Smith, who departs Friday to lead Richmond County Public Schools.
School board members offered Carroll citizens an opportunity to provide input on what they wanted in the new superintendent.
Only one person, Margaret Leggett, took the chance to speak.
Leggett noted in her remarks that she’s a product of Carroll County schools, specifically Hillsville High School.
“I just wanted to say that I got an absolutely awesome education that prepared me well for Richmond College...” she said.
“I think we just have such a wonderful school system here and... I want to make sure that, whoever the superintendent is, that they embrace our culture, embrace Carroll County,” Leggett said.
Her education served her well throughout her career.
People in Carroll County are kind and helpful — that’s the culture that the citizens live in.
Leggett herself served on two superintendent searches while she lived in Amherst County.
“And what we heard constantly is [people wanted] someone that understands the culture of our community and also a superintendent that’s approachable,” Leggett said.
The schools should have someone that can be approached by parents, students, faculty and staff.

WE WILL HAVE MORE ON THE NEW SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT AFTER TONIGHT'S MEETING, AND IN FRIDAY'S EDITION OF THE GAZETTE.