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Catawba schools chief named new NHC superintendent

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The New Hanover County School District has a new superintendent. The school board announced today Dr. Tim Markley will take over beginning this upcoming academic year. It took hours of deliberation and ironing out the details, but some school board members say they already knew Markley was the person for the job

"I had no doubt whatsoever," board member Elizabeth Redenbaugh said. "He has all the right stuff. He has the technical expertise, but then he has that intangible quality that I think he's going to bring our community together and lead us all."

The board voted unanimously for Markley, who is currently superintendent in Catawba County. Before that, he was the superintendent of the White Mountain School District in New Hampshire.

"I am excited to get here," Markley told WWAY by phone this afternoon. "I want to talk to parents about student achievement, and I want to talk to parents, teachers about what's happening in our schools, and then I would like to thank the board for this opportunity."

Markley beat out Wake County Interim Superindent Donna Hargens and Rick Holliday, who is currently an assistant superintendent in New Hanover County, was also up for the job. But just because he had nearly 30 years with the county school system, did not mean Holliday was a shoe in. A few years ago, when Al Lerch was selected as superintendent, school board member Nick Rhodes was upset the board did not conduct a national search unlike this time around.

"I don't see that as a negative thing against someone already in the system. We did a nationwide search because we were looking for the best person we could possibly find," Rhodes said. "It wasn't an easy choice, but I think we found that person."

Markley was offered a four-year contract at $200,000 each year. The board will review a possible raise each year.

His current contract with Catawba County requires a 90-day notice, leaving Markley with a start date here of November 1. The hope is that he will be released from those terms to start sooner, but the new superintendent already has plans to use vacation and personal time to visit New Hanover County.

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Good luck with'll need it

If your students, parnets and teachers like cold and impersonal they will be thrilled with Markley. If you want a man that prides himself in "operating in a business like manner" yet can not produce the business like numbers you've made a great choice.

Thank you so much for taking him off our hands.


they can work a trade. Since Mr. Holliday is not likely to be happy with the decision, and you have to think he may consider retirement or alternative opportunities, trade him to Catawba County while he's still under contract.

He gets a change of scenery and goes to an area where like the rest of the state, real estate values are down.

The new Super gets an early release from his existing contract.

HOORAY!!! No more business as usual!

Living and serving in a county for many years has nothing to do with your abilities to make decisions that are best for school children as a whole and not what's politically correct. It's about time the school board based a decision on what's right and best for the students instead of the fear of not being re-elected again. Thank you school board memebers for having enough integrity and character to finally doing something that will benefit all children and not a select few! GOOD FOR YOU SCHOOL BOARD!!

Anybody but Holliday

Zero personality does not help in trying to secure a position as Superintendent.He will need to shop his name around elsewhere to get this lofty position.

don't understand

I really don't understand that decision. You have someone that has lived in the Wilmington area, has work in the local schools and has he wasn't choosen.

That just doesn't make any sense to me. And yes I was at there to hear all of them speak.

No I am not happy about the school boards choice.

But Novemeber is coming...

how well do you know...

There are several local people thrilled it is someone out of county.


I am from Wilmington and attended NHCS, which have always been lacking - the scores don't lie. The residents of this county and the students of this county deserve a leader that can assist in making this area a world class area. We are never going to be able to recruit any world-class businesses with the current system and scores. Tim Markley has the potential of helping to increase our school systems scores, facilities, moral, etc.

New Super

Praise God to whom all blessings flow!!!!