Lincoln County Schools associate superintendent of human resources, Walter Hart, has accepted a new position with Rowan-Salisbury Schools.
Hart said the decision was difficult, but his new position as assistant superintendent of administration will allow him to be closer to family members and expand his career.
â€œIt definitely allows for professional growth, it will challenge me professionally,â€ Hart said, â€œand Iâ€™ve always been one to find ways to be challenged professionally.â€
The head of human resources in the school district since 2001, Hart received his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and his masterâ€™s and doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Before coming to the county, Hart served as assistant superintendent for curriculum and personnel for Mooresville City Schools.
In his position with LCS, Hart is responsible for recruitment and selection of both licensed and classified employees.
He was also responsible for issues related to licensing of teachers and other school professionals, helping providing oversight for benefits programs for employees, evaluation programs for providing support for principals and employee relations, including everything from background checks to grievance issues.
With Rowan-Salisbury Schools, he will serve as the supervisor for principals, child nutrition, athletic programs and student services.
â€œIâ€™m going to take a wealth of fond memories of the people that I have worked with and the relationships we have developed,â€ he said.
â€œOn the professional level, working in Lincoln County Schools has simply continued to reinforce the importance of building trusting relationships and quality communication with everyone we deal with.â€
Hart is tentatively slated to begin his new position Nov. 1.
â€œIâ€™m saddened and disappointed with Dr. Hartâ€™s resignation, but understand it presents an opportunity for him to be closer to family and a new professional challenge,â€ said J. David Martin, incoming superintendent.
â€œThe heart of any school system is to ensure that a quality staff exists. As a newcomer to the school system, it is obvious that a quality staff exists because of Dr. Hart.â€
Martin will take on the task of finding a replacement for Hart when he assumes the superintendent position.
by Mary Williams