MOREHEAD CITY, NC (WNCT) – Carteret County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Rob Jackson has announced his impending resignation to take a similar position with the Buncombe County Schools system.
Jackson, who is from the Buncombe County area, has served as superintendent of Carteret County Public Schools since the 2020-21 school year. Prior to that, he served as Superintendent of Edenton-Chowan Schools from 2014 to 2020. He also worked in the Union County public school system for 12 years as a teacher and principal. He was also a teacher in the Buncombe County Schools system.
“It has been a blessing to serve the children and families of the Crystal Coast in one of the finest school systems in our great state,” Jackson said. “The incredible success of the students at Cedar Point on Cedar Island clearly demonstrates the care and dedication of the phenomenal teachers, staff, administrators and school board members who selflessly and tirelessly give deeply of themselves. same.
“I am proud of their accomplishments and I know the best is yet to come. Only the need to be close to my mother as she grows up and the opportunity to serve in the school system in which I grew up and taught could take me away from a community that my wife and I love so much.
In a news release from the Carteret County Schools System, the school board will begin determining a date for Jackson’s transition to a new superintendent.
“The Board of Education is extremely grateful for Dr. Jackson’s incredible leadership. He led the school system through times of great challenge with grace and poise. He never stopped focusing on the kids and leading with kindness, even when we faced the unprecedented challenges caused by the pandemic,” said school board chair Clark Jenkins. “Dr. Jackson will be missed and we wish him well as he returns to his hometown.”
A school system press release highlights Jackson’s accomplishments during his tenure. He helped lead the successful passage of a $42,000,000 school construction bond to fund construction projects on every school campus in the system. An additional $12.9 million for school construction was secured through state grants. Advocating for staff members, Dr. Jackson led efforts to increase local supplements for certified and classified staff members for the first time in about 15 years and worked with county commissioners and council members from Education to fund new salary grids with salary increases for all classified (hourly) staff for the 2022-2023 school year. More recently, working closely with county and municipal leaders, School Resource Officers have been funded and placed in every elementary, middle, and high school in the school system.
Also during his tenure, every school in the school system met or exceeded growth in the 2021-2022 school year. Every eligible elementary, middle, and high school in the school system has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report in its Best Schools Report and Rankings. Additionally, each school in the school system has been recognized by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for two consecutive years with the Purple Star Award for service to military-related students and families.