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Finalists Named for Top School Post

July 22, 2008

By David Nivens, High Point Enterprise, N.C.

Jul. 22–GUILFORD COUNTY — School district leaders have chosen two experienced North Carolina public school officials as finalists for the superintendent’s job.

Shirley B. Prince, superintendent of Scotland County Schools since 1999, and Maurice O. Green, chief operating officer and deputy superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, are the top candidates, the Guilford County Board of Education announced Monday.

District leaders selected Prince and Green over dozens of candidates in a national search.

“We are delighted with the caliber of leaders, thinkers and educators who threw their hats in the ring,” said board Chairman Alan Duncan. “We are particularly delighted by the quality of the two finalists. When we kicked off this process a few months ago, we set out to entice some of the finest in the business. There is no question that we succeeded in that endeavor.”

The chosen candidate will succeed Terry Grier, who resigned last February to take become superintendent of the San Diego school system.

Prince was named 2007 North Carolina Superintendent of the Year.

Green is an administrator and lawyer who began his career as a law clerk for a federal judge and has served as a top administrator at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for more than seven years.

Green responded to his selection through the CMS web site.

“I have conflicting emotions about this potential opportunity,” Green wrote. “I am genuinely intrigued about the possibility of being superintendent of Guilford County Schools as that position will provide either finalist a wonderful chance to work in a dynamic district that is committed to improving the academic achievement levels and lives of its students.”

Prince told the Laurinburg Exchange Monday she applied for he job after the “opportunity came my way.” She told the newspaper that although she enjoyed her current post, she was “ready for a new challenge.”

The candidates will meet schools officials, district staff and the public Wednesday. A 5 p.m. public session at the district administrative office, 712 N. Eugene St., Greensboro, will be broadcast on cable public access station, GCS-TV2.

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