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Leonard named acting Charlotte school chief
SoVaNow.com / April 22, 2013(Editor’s note: Nancy Leonard, newly-named acting superintendent of Charlotte County schools, is a Halifax County resident and former member of the Halifax County Public Schools Central Office. She is married to Halifax County IDA Executive Director Matt Leonard. The article below is used with permission of the Charlotte Gazette from its April 17 edition.)
During its monthly meeting last week, the Charlotte County School Board appointed Assistant Superintendent Nancy Leonard to serve as acting superintendent for a period of one year beginning July 1.
Leonard began working with the local school system in July, when she was hired by the board to serve as assistant superintendent. The position became open when former assistant, Steve Baker, officially retired from that slot.
The board began searching for a new superintendent following the February announcement that current Superintendent Melody Hackney planned to resign from the position at the end of this fiscal year in order to begin work with the Mecklenburg County School System.
While searching for Hackney’s replacement, the board took into consideration the ongoing budget development for the coming year, and the concern that funding may not be available for an assistant superintendent.
In addition, the November 2014 General Election will see three school board positions on the ballot. By appointing Leonard to a one year contract, the board in place following that election can weigh in on the superintendent’s position and decide whether to keep Leonard in place, or advertise for a new superintendent.
With the board’s primary concern falling on a smooth transition period for school operations, the decision to appoint an acting superintendent allows Leonard to step into the top administrative position after working closely with Hackney for the last 10 months.
Taking all matters into consideration, the board believed appointing Leonard to the position under one-year contract was best for overall school operations.
Prior to serving as assistant superintendent here, Leonard worked in Appomattox schools as a special eduction teacher, also served that system as guidance counselor and testing coordinator from 1992 until 1998.
In 1998, Leonard transferred to the Halifax County School System where she worked as a teacher for students with learning disabilities and coordinator of new teacher mentor programs. She later served Halifax schools as supervisor of student services, and stepped up to supervisor of special education services in 2011.
As part of her duties in Halifax, Leonard supervised a department of 17 administrative assistants, coordinators, psychologists, and school social workers.
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