WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County Schools are starting a new chapter as they welcome a new superintendent to the county. The school board held a reception today welcoming Dr. Tim Markley.
"I think he'll bring some new ideas and some new thoughts," said New Hanover County School Board Chair Ed Higgins. "A fresh approach of how we go about doing this. I really do and that's the reason we hired him."
Markley visited a number of schools in New Hanover County and already has a "to-do" list. He says upgrading technology in the school system is at the top of his list.
Markley said, "Think about 21st century education. You got to have 21st century tools and what I've seen in the schools I visited is that there's a disparity. Some schools have a lot of technology, new technology and some of our schools don't."
Markley says he wants new computers and iPads but all that comes at a cost. Markley says it's going to be tough to make ends meet but he's confident he'll maintain a level of excellence with the limited funds he's given.
"We're going to have to look at what we are doing and prioritize," said Markley. "We're going to have to evaluate programs and see which ones are working and which ones aren't working and make some decisions. Next year coming up, we are anticipating a large shortfall in state funds, so it's going to be a tight year again."
Markley comes to our county from Catawba County. With school board elections just around the corner, not only will Markley have to adjust to a new county but possibly a new board.
New Hanover County School Board member Elizabeth Rendenbaugh said, "He drastically reduced their dropout rate, which we have a problem here with our dropout rate in New Hanover County so I'm hoping he can bring that to New Hanover County and help us keep our children in school so that they can graduate and go on to a job or college."