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Public forums on superintendent search begin Thursday, Nov. 29

NOVEMBER 28 - The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education will hold four public forums beginning Nov. 29 to gather public input as it hires a new superintendent to replace Don Martin, who is retiring on June 30.

“The superintendent is responsible for leading a school system that is dedicated to the success of all students,” said Donny Lambeth, the chairman of the school board. “The superintendent must represent our entire community, and we want to know what qualities students, parents and other citizens are looking for in a new superintendent.”

Each forum will begin at 6 p.m. and start with a brief explanation of the hiring process. Attendees will have an opportunity to offer their opinions. Spanish-language interpreters will be at each forum. The forums will be filmed and available for viewing on the school system’s website,

For those unable to attend, surveys will be available beginning Nov. 29 to give board members feedback. The surveys will be available online and in paper form, and both English and Spanish copies will be available.

“We are advertising nationally, and we will hire the best candidate to be superintendent,” Lambeth said. “We look forward to hearing from the community.”

The forums are scheduled for:
  • Thursday, Nov. 29, in the auditorium at Southwest Elementary School (1631 Southwest School Drive, Clemmons, NC, 27012).
  • Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the auditorium of the Education Building (4801 Bethania Station Road, Winston-Salem, NC, 27105).
  • Thursday, Dec. 13, in the auditorium of East Forsyth High School (2500 W. Mountain Street, Kernersville, NC, 27284).
  • Thursday, Dec. 20, in the auditorium at Carver High School (3545 Carver School Road, Winston-Salem, NC, 27105).
Martin announced in September that he would retire at the end of the school year after 19 years as superintendent. The school board is taking applications for the position through Dec. 31. By Feb. 1, the board will select 10 candidates for interviews.

The board plans to select several finalists by March 1 and name a new superintendent by April 30, with the new superintendent starting by July 1.
Theo Helm