Pamlico County Schools Superintendent: He Resigned To Save Jobs

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

A school superintendent in the east says he's resigning to save jobs that would otherwise be lost due to budget cuts.

The Pamlico County Board of Education announced Dr. James Coon will resign August 1st after 2.5 years as superintendent. The Associate Superintendent, Dr. Wanda Dawson, will become superintendent with a four year contract. She has served Pamlico schools since 1980.


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  • by Dave Location: NC on Jun 15, 2011 at 07:06 AM
    The shame is that he felt the need to leave to begin with. Pamlico probably just lost one of its better administrators, evidenced by his willingness to leave for this reason. This is what happens when you blindly slash budgets rather than letting people matriculate over time. I also think we need to get rid of the "one size fits all" budget approach that we have now by recognizing that some school districts -- especially smaller ones -- need more base funds than others. Larger districts benefit from economies of scale that smaller districts can never hope to replicate.
  • by Newis on Jun 15, 2011 at 05:56 AM
    My understanding is they'll bump up the associate supt. and not replace that position....therefore some money is saved.
  • by suzyq on Jun 15, 2011 at 05:37 AM
    sorry, just don't buy this; my guess is he was eligible to retire (or was someone who was double-dipping), and they were going to push him out anyway to hire a "cheaper" replacement.
  • by I Fought the Law on Jun 15, 2011 at 03:11 AM
    A very generous gesture indeed. Unlike Bill Price, superintendent of Wilson County Schools.....it was discovered that he had not disclosed to the county commissioners available funds in the amount of about $2 million dollars and had slated approximately 100 teaching positions to be cut. Some folks just don't have a conscious.
  • by Bayboro on Jun 14, 2011 at 11:58 PM
    I think what he did was very noble. Sad thing is, they will just replace him with someone else. So no money was saved.
  • by voter Location: nc on Jun 14, 2011 at 10:29 PM
    sure he did...and his replacement will work for free? doesn't pass the smell test. could be he went back to new york.
  • by Fred Location: NC on Jun 14, 2011 at 09:32 PM
    What happened to President Obama's 800 Billion - Job Stimulas Plan? Did any money go to Education & Teachers? Now a school superintendent in the Pamlico County Schools says he's resigning to save jobs? I guess they have no $$$$$ money? He wants to help by giving up his pay check. Now thats Obama's Hope N Change
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      by Anonymous on Jun 15, 2011 at 07:36 AM in reply to Fred
      YES, Money DID go to education, that's why we didn't have to fire teachers until Republicans killed any chance of another stimulus. Please don't insist that Republicans undermine Obama, then turn around and blame Obama for being undermined.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Jun 15, 2011 at 11:18 AM in reply to
        Where does the stimulus come from? Apparently, no one told you was a loan from the Chinese. Please keep up, nothing is free, money doesn't grow on trees....Did you know we are up to 14 trillion dollars in debt due to hope and change? Do you speak fluent chinese or mandarin?
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          by Fact Bringer on Jun 15, 2011 at 11:47 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          Actually, only 4 trillion has been borrowed since Obama took office- over 5 trillion is from the previous administration, which was approved by both parties. If this is addressed as a partisan problem, it will never resolve.
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          by Anonymous on Jun 15, 2011 at 01:38 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          Try again factoid. The democrats owned congress while bush was president. They're the ones who ran up the dept with China
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