Published 12:09 pm Wednesday, November 26, 2008
One of five finalistsfor superintendentof Lee County schools
By TED STRONG
Chocowinity Primary School is losing its principal, and Superintendent Jeff Moss is a finalist to lead the Lee County school system.
Two top administrator have also left the district recently.
Moss, who is one of five finalists for the Lee County job, emphasized that he enjoys leading Beaufort County Schools.
Robert Belcher, chairman of the Beaufort County Board of Education, said he is aware that Moss is under consideration for the Lee County job.
Moss does an excellent job and has a long career ahead of him, Belcher said.
Moss, then 42, came to the Beaufort County school system in December 2003 after heading Stanly County Schools for four years.
Moss holds a doctorate in educational administration from South Carolina State University.
John Conway, principal at Chocowinity Primary School, will be leaving his post there effective Jan. 1, 2009, to become the school system’s director of human resources.
The school board approved the change at its Monday meeting, after discussing it in a closed session.
After the session, Moss spoke about the change.
Conway will have a four-year contract with his new position, Moss said.
The school system will continue recruiting young teachers despite state budget cuts, Moss said.
Conway is filling the slot left by Kelvin Cyrus, who will become an assistant superintendent with Asheville City Schools, Moss said.
On Tuesday, Moss described the change as “a good professional move” for Cyrus.
Moss said he hopes to have a new principal in place by the end of Chocowinity Primary School’s winter break.
Moss said he expects to have a strong crop of candidates from within the school system.
The announcement came a week after Assistant Superintendent Crystal Ange left the school system to become a dean at Beaufort County Community College, according to Sarah Hodges, the schools’ spokeswoman.
Moss said he’s sorry to see Ange go.
Belcher said he appreciated the service of Ange and Cyrus.
He said, “Both of those people were first-class employees.”