School board selects Meadows as assistant superintendent

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By Brian Slattery

Deanne Meadows has been selected by the Brunswick County school board as the school system’s new assistant superintendent.

The board made an in-house hire by selecting Meadows, Brunswick County Schools’ current executive director of human resources.

Meadows was approved at the Nov. 8 school board meeting. Board of education members voted 4-1 to accept the recommendation of a search committee led by Superintendent Edward Pruden.

“I’m excited about the opportunity. I’ve enjoyed working in Brunswick County for the past 13 years. I’ve seen the county grow and develop, and I look forward to continue that momentum,” Meadows said.

Meadows said she looks forward to working with principals, assistant principals and staff of each school to handle challenges they will face.

As assistant superintendent, Meadows will be head of curriculum and instruction

“A major role is to guide implementation. I’ll work to make sure the teachers are supported,” Meadows said. 

Meadows said her current position as the school system’s human resources director has provided experience working day-to-day with the administrators at each school.

“What put me over is my relationship with employees throughout the school district. I’ve worked closely with the principals, assistant principals and teachers. That’s a big part of what I’ll do as assistant superintendent,” Meadows said.

“Not a lot of instruction and curriculum people have that experience.”

Meadows said she would continue to promote best practices for instructing students.

“Our school district is going in the right direction. For me to come in and make changes would not be wise. I just need to make sure we do the right thing to implement programs to get the results we want,” she said.

Meadows will begin her new role Jan. 1, 2013, and will replace Bob Grimes, who is retiring Dec. 31. 2012.

Pruden said Grimes made his decision to retire in late September. The position was advertised in Education Week and on the Brunswick County Schools and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction websites.

His committee, which included elementary, middle and high school principals as well as a central office representative, the teacher of the year and principal of the year, reviewed 40 applications and selected nine candidates for interviews.

“The nine (interviews) included internal and external candidates,” Pruden said.

Pruden said Meadows stood out due to the number of positions she has had in Brunswick County.

“She was an outstanding math teacher, she served as an assistant principal, as principal at North Brunswick High School, and she was an effective central office leader for six years,” Pruden said.

Meadows will be immediate supervisor for middle school and high school principals.

“That group expressed confidence in her judgment, her ability to lead and to evaluate their performance,” Pruden said.

The promotion will come with a $6,000 increase in salary from $99,000 in Meadows’ human resources role to $105,000 as assistant superintendent.

School board members deliberated in closed session, then returned to open session to vote on the hire. Board member Catherine Cooke made a motion to approve the selection. Board member John Thompson voted against it.


Brian Slattery is a staff writer for The Brunswick Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or bslattery@brunswickbeacon.com.