LAURINBURG – Scotland County Schools will be looking to replace Assistant Superintendent of Auxiliary Services Larry Johnson in the coming weeks, after he announced that he has accepted a position in South Carolina.
Johnson’s hiring was approved by the Darlington County Board of Education earlier this week to become their assistant superintendent for administration and operations, a position that mirrors his job in Scotland County.
He will remain Laurinburg and transition between Scotland County Schools and the Darlington County School District for the next few weeks so he can finish overseeing the additions to Sycamore Lane and Laurel Hill elementary schools.
Johnson will join Darling Schools at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year in August.
“It’s a tough move, but it’s closer to home,” Johnson told WLNC radio. “It gives me an opportunity to be at home with my boys every morning when they go to school so we can have those conversations a father likes to have.”
In his current capacity, Johnson manages the school district’s child nutrition program, facilities, maintenance, student support services, technology and transportation, as well as the district’s construction program. He also oversees the district’s policy development and school safety programs.
Along with the additions to Laurel Hill and Sycamore Lane elementary schools, Johnson was managing the application, financing and construction of the county’s new elementary school, set to be built later this year.
Johnson began his career in 1994 as a counselor and social worker in Stanly County Schools. He has since served as a school administrator, executive director of human resources and assistant superintendent of human resources.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in public administration and criminal justice from Shaw University. Johnson went on to earn two master’s — first, in school counseling from North Carolina Central University and second in education administration from Fayetteville State University.
Johsnon is currently in the doctoral program at Wingate University, studying educational leadership.