Goodman appointed interim superintendent

 Believed to be first female, first Richmond Senior graduate to hold position

Dr. Cindy Goodman

Dr. Cindy Goodman

By Kevin Spradlin

HAMLET — By a unanimous vote, the Richmond County Board of Education on Thursday appointed Associate Superintendent Dr. Cindy Goodman as interim superintendent.

Outgoing Superintendent Dr. George Norris’s retirement date is effective June 30. Goodman’s term begins July 1 and will end when a superintendent is selected or June 30, 2015, whichever occurs first. Goodman’s new salary will be based on an annual salary of $138,000, pro-rated for the time she serves in that capacity.

Goodman is believed to be the first female and the first Richmond Senior High School graduate, regardless of gender, to hold the position in either a temporary or permanent capacity.

She confirmed Thursday with The Pee Dee Post that she is an applicant for the position.

“My hopes are that the process won’t drag on too long,” Goodman said of the selection process for a new superintendent.

Goodman acknowledged the temporary move from associate superintendent should give her a leg up on the competition.

“Hopefully it will prove that I can do the job,” she said.

Goodman said teacher recruitment and retention remains a top challenge for Richmond County Schools. While the local board can do little about pay, she said the system is in complete control over what type of work environment is provided to teachers and staff.

“We’ve got great principals and we’ve got great teachers” who enjoy working together, Goodman said.

Aside from pushing raises through the legislative process — Goodman’s husband is state Rep. Ken Goodman — Goodman said it’s important to foster the type of work place climate that helps prevent teachers from leaving for higher-paying jobs.

Goodman began her career in public education at Hamlet Junior High School as a math teacher. From there she moved to Scotland County Schools to become an assistant principal at Scotland High School, and Central School, before moving to be the principal at I.E. Johnson Elementary School. Goodman also served as principal of Carver Middle School and Laurel Hill Elementary School where she received numerous recognitions including the National Title One Distinguished School award, the “No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools Award,” and the title of Wachovia Scotland County Principal of the Year.

Goodman has also served on several boards, including the NC Title One Advisory Board, the Compliance Commission and the NC Principals and Assistant Principals State Board.

Goodman’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in political science from UNC-Chapel Hill, a masters’ degree in education from UNC-Pembroke and a doctorate in education from Wingate University. She resides in Rockingham.

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  • Jane Moss

    Just wondering??? Did they take applications???

  • Terri Carriker Stratton

    Congratulations, Cindy. Wishing you well in this new journey.

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