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Oakboro native named new Stanly County Schools superintendent

At the beginning of the special meeting of the Stanly County School Board Tuesday, Stanly County Schools approved the hiring of a new superintendent.

Dr. Jarrod Dennis, a Stanly County native, will have his first day with Stanly County Schools Nov. 2.

Dennis, who went to Oakboro Elementary through eighth grade and graduated from West Stanly High School in 1995, comes to SCS after working as an assistant superintendent and later the deputy superintendent for Person County Schools.

The new superintendent went to the University of Lynchburg for his bachelor’s degree in psychobiology and a master’s degree in school administration from N.C. State University. He earned an education specialist degree from East Carolina University and his doctorate in educational leadership from Liberty University.

Dennis began his teaching career at Forest Hills High School then served in Iraq with the N.C Army National Guard. Dennis was an assistant principal at Northern High School in Durham and was a principal for Orange Charter School and later at Person High School.

“I’m not just looking to be a superintendent. I wanted specifically to be a superintendent in Stanly County. It was my sole intention,” Dennis said. “I’m ecstatic to be in charge of (SCS).”

Initially, Dennis said he has some goals in mind for SCS, adding as far as schools go, he is “about having choices and personalized learning.”

He said his family will be “invested in the community.”

He said one reason for taking the position included his children being able to go to school in the Stanly system.

“I feel like I got a really good education and I had a lot of good experiences in school,” Dennis said, adding he was involved in high school athletics having played football for West Stanly. “I would like my children to have the same experiences I did. I’m going to be very vested in making sure that everyone’s students, not just mine, get the best education they can.”

Contact Charles Curcio at charles.curcio@stanlynewspress.com, call 704-983-1361 or message via Twitter (@charles_curcio).

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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