SALISBURY — April Kuhn has been named acting superintendent of Rowan-Salisbury Schools.
The school board made the decision Thursday afternoon at a convened meeting. The board met for more than two hours behind closed doors to discuss the next steps in its search for superintendent. Kuhn serves as the district’s student services and compliance officer and previously served as assistant superintendent for advancement with a brief stint as an administrator at Pfeiffer University.
She will succeed Jason Gardner, who served as the district’s most recent acting superintendent and director of studies. Gardner has been tapped to become superintendent of the Mooresville School District for the upcoming school year.
Gardner had a 60-day notice requirement, but he and the board mutually agreed that August 5 would be his last day.
Board chairman Dean Hunter said the board reached out to Kuhn to see if she would be interested in serving once he learned Gardner was set to leave. Hunter noted that North Carolina’s general statutes require superintendents to live in the district they serve and that it made sense for Gardner’s family to stay in Mooresville where they live.
Kuhn said she was thrilled with the opportunity.
“It’s a big job, and an important one,” Kuhn said.
She will have to delegate some of her current tasks and, in the immediate future, determine what she should pass on.
Kuhn is a lawyer, but her early career is in education, and she pointed out that there is a long list of legal policies related to the field. She was an English teacher at Salisbury High School from 2004 to 2007. She continued to work with educators and said she believed education was essential for the community.
“Did I think that was the path I was going to take? Probably not,” Kuhn said. “I knew my path would be in service to others, and it got me to this point.”
Applications for the position of superintendent close on August 1. Hunter said the district has received 10 so far, though one candidate has withdrawn, and the board expects to begin interviews within the next two weeks. He said it would be a lofty goal to have a permanent superintendent in place within the next three weeks. Classes start August 10.
Gardner had been acting since April, when Tony Watlington stepped down to take charge of the Philadelphia school district.