LAURINBURG — Scotland Superintendent Ron Hargrave is one of three finalists to lead the Florence School District One, according to officials there.
The finalists also included Richard O’Malley, superintendent of Edison Township Public Schools in Edison, New Jersey and William “Shane” Robbins, superintendent of Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation in Fontville, Indiana.
“I was contacted about an opportunity with Florence District 1 for the superintendent position,” Hargrave said in a statement. “After meeting with their board of education, I was asked to come back to interview as a finalist. However, for as long as I remain superintendent of Scotland County Schools, I will continue to remain fully committed to the students and staff of our district.”
The Florence board has conducted interviews for the position over the past three days. More than 53 people applied for the job from 22 states, according to Barry Townsend, the Florence board chairman.
Townsend said each finalist will spend a day in the district next week touring schools and the community and interacting with board members, employees and the public.
“Meet the Candidates” drop-ins will be held so employees, students, parents and other community members can stop by and meet and greet each finalist.
“We were very impressed with the high quality of the candidates we interviewed this week,” Townsend said in a statement. “We are looking for a dynamic, instructional leader who can build on our successes and propel us forward. We selected three candidates who we believe can do that. Our next step will be determining the best of these three.”
The school board could make a decision as early as the end of next week, but Townsend cautions that the board will take its time.
The position would be a multi-year contract with a negotiable salary of approximately $200,000 depending on qualifications and experience.
Hargrave has served superintendent of Scotland County Schools since 2014. His salary for the 2017-18 school year is $174,997.
Before coming to Laurinburg, he served as the deputy superintendent of Iredell-Statesville Schools, where he also served as the assistant superintendent for secondary education, executive director of student services and middle school curriculum and executive director of student support services. He began his educational career as a business education teacher in North Carolina’s Alexander County Schools, where he later served as an assistant principal and a principal.
O’Malley also served as superintendent of Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District and Mountainside School District, both in New Jersey. A graduate of Clemson University, he began his educational career as an elementary and middle school teacher. Before his first superintendent post, he also served as an assistant principal and principal.
Robbin was the superintendent of Northwestern Consolidated School District and Monroe Central School Corporation, both in Indiana. He began his career as a science and health teacher and later served as a high school assistant principal, associate principal and principal before his first superintendent post.
Resumes of the finalists will be posted on the Florence School District One website at fsd1.org.