For perhaps the first time in 31 years, Wayne County Public Schools’ Superintendent David Lewis said he has “no plans” when he crosses the threshold into retirement this month.
“We’ve not made any grand plans,” he said at a reception held in his honor at the administrative offices on March 28, just days before his April 1 retirement. “We want to be able to spend more time with our family.”
He and his wife, Angela, who retired from the school system last year, have two grown children.
For the near future, he admits he’ll be happy just doing the basics, like tackling projects around the house.
“I might start playing golf again,” he said with a smile. “The main thing is family — being able to do things without feeling we’re leaving something undone.”
His career in public education included stints as principal at John A. Holmes High School in Edenton prior to coming to Wayne County. He has worked at several levels, from being principal at Rosewood elementary and high schools and assistant principal at Goldsboro High School before moving to the administrative offices.
Other roles he has held included executive director of information technology/athletics, director of elementary education/athletics and interim finance officer.
On Jan. 1, 2021 he was named interim superintendent, replacing Jim Merrill in that role after Michael Dunsmore resigned in June 2020. Dunsmore was superintendent since 2015 and departed after school board members learned about a nearly $5 million budget discrepancy.
The search for a superintendent led to the school board choosing Lewis for the role in July 2021.
At the end of 2022, he announced plans to retire March 31.
The school board is currently conducting a search for superintendent.
Meanwhile, Michael Priddy has been secured as interim superintendent until a candidate is chosen, or through Oct. 1.
Priddy’s career has included teaching in the Northampton County Schools and 23 years in an array of supervisory roles in the Guilford County and High Point City schools.
Most recently, he had been interim president and chief executive officer of the Public School Forum of North Carolina from 2019 to 2020.
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