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Dr. James Phares Remains Randolph Superintendent, For Now
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on November 20, 2012 @ 11:45AM
Created on November 20, 2012 @ 11:22PM
It was a surprise to many Monday night when the superintendent of Randolph County schools did not resign at a board meeting. Dr. James Phares was expected to leave, just days before he was supposed to be recommended to fill the vacant state superintendent seat. But that didn't happen. Instead, he told us you won't hear anything until after Thanksgiving.
About an hour before the meeting, the state Board of Education decided to remove an item from it's Wednesday agenda that would have decided the next state superintendent of schools. Instead, members will focus on the recent education audit.
Dr. Phares already had a written state written statement waiting for reporters at the Randolph County BOE meeting. In it, he said, "I believe it would be more appropriate for our Randolph County Board of Education to wait on direction from the state board before taking next steps."
Last Thursday, the state BOE voted 5-2 to fire the State Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. Just hours after that, the board president said he wanted to hire Phares in her place. Members had to wait until their Wednesday meeting for a proper vote, but plans have changed. Phares told the Inter-Mountain on Friday that he has previously gave his board a heads up he could be leaving, and that he's humbled and honored to be on the radar of the state board of education.
"The state board wants to focus on the Audit Response at the November 21st meeting. As such they have posted a special meeting to take place next week to revisit the hiring of a new state superintendent of schools. I believe it would be more appropriate for our Randolph County Board of Education to wait on direction from the sate board before taking next steps. I remain humbled that I am even being considered for the position of state superintendent of schools."

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