Board members are down to their short list for Campbell County’s next director of schools.
After spending two hours meeting and greeting interested members of the public on Saturday afternoon the three finalists vying for the systems top spot sat down to face a barrage of questions on topics ranging from goal setting to education theories and how to deal with chronic discipline problems posed by the board of education.
Donnie Poston, Dr. Eunice Reynolds and interim director of schools Sharon Ridenour drew from decades of experience in the field of education as each took their turn in part one of the interview process. And while the candidates offered answers as diverse as their individual personalities the resounding theme in each interview was a desire to improve education in the county for the children’s sake.
Poston, current administrator of the Christian Academy of Campbell County, said he counted his ability to listen as well as his 36 years of administration experience in the county’s public school system and at CACC as strengths he would bring to the table if chosen as the next director.
Although Poston said he was quite satisfied in his current position it was the encouragement of others in the community that pushed him to apply for the school department’s top spot.
“I had decided to just stay where I was, but so many people came by and encouraged me to do this,” Poston told board members.
Poston told the group he planned to maintain an open door policy for parents, students and staff alike.
In addition, Poston said as director of schools he would like to institute programs that will celebrate the talents of students and draw from members of the community to help raise excitement for public schools.
“The director of schools should be the system’s best cheerleader,” Poston said. “I would be wiling to go anywhere, any time.”
A candidate in the previous director of schools search, Poston said, “I am very honored to be chosen for the second time as a finalist.”
Up next was Dr. Eunice Reynolds. During the interview Reynolds told board members her Campbell County roots “are very deep.” Selling herself as a good communicator, strong organizer and effective people manager Reynolds said she felt she would be a good fit for the system.
I’m not nearly as smart as a lot of people, but I know how to find smart people. I really feel like I have everything you are looking for,” Reynolds told the board.
Reynolds also said her extensive experience in both the public schools and post secondary arena would serve her well should she be chosen as the system’s next director.
Reynolds also maintained that using the technology available is something she would utilize to create cutting edge learning opportunities for students and staff.