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Superintendent Stout named 2017 Regional Superintendent of the Year
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Southeast Regional Superintendent of the Year 2017


Onslow County Schools, May 23, 2016 — Mr. Rick Stout, Superintendent of Onslow County Schools, has been voted by his peers as the regional “Superintendent of the Year” for 2017 by the Southeast Region Superintendents’ Council. This Council is composed of the superintendents of all thirteen public school systems in the Southeast NC region.

Mr. Stout was selected as the Southeast Regional Superintendent of the Year in recognition of his effort and dedication to making a difference in the lives of children and the community as a whole. “Superintendent Stout has built strong relationships in the community and he has connected Onslow County Schools with many educational organizations across the country. We are proud that our superintendent was selected to represent the Southeast region,” said Pam Thomas, chairman of the Onslow County Board of Education.


Mr. Stout has served as the Onslow County superintendent since January 2014. Prior to Onslow County, he served as the superintendent of Scotland County Schools, assistant superintendent in Alamance Burlington Schools and Beaufort County Schools, and as a principal, teacher, and coach in other NC districts.


All regional Superintendents of the Year across the state will be considered in the final selection of the North Carolina Superintendent of the Year to be announced in November. The North Carolina Superintendent of the Year program is part of the National Superintendent of the Year Award Program sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators to recognize outstanding leadership and to pay tribute to the talent and vision of those who lead our public schools. Each candidate is judged on the following criteria: Leadership for Learning; Communication Skills; Professionalism; and Community Involvement.


The Superintendent of the Year program believes that leadership in education is as much about “opening doors to dreams” as it is about “opening minds to learning.” To be selected as an outstanding superintendent does not mean that the person is just a school system leader, but is a community builder and advocate as well, who encourages teachers, principals, families and others who touch the lives of students.