A Scotland assistant superintendent said he is excited about the chance to head Clinton City schools.
Stuart Blount was hired by the Clinton City School Board during a called meeting Sunday, officials confirmed Monday. The selection was said to be unanimous.
Blount, who attended the special meeting with his wife Toni and their three children — Jacob, Nick and Anna — said he and his family were excited about the opportunity to join Clinton City Schools
“This was truly a family decision,” Blount said. “We honestly believe this is a community where we want to raise our children. We are blessed to be here.”
Blount’s new annual salary will be $141,823. He is currently paid about $110,000 a year. His contract is four years.
Blount, 46, who serves as Scotland’s assistant superintendent of auxiliary services, will begin the new job on July 1, according to Scotland school system spokesman Andy Cagle.
He was one of 23 applicants for the job, according to The Sampson Independent. Of those, 16 were from inside North Carolina and seven from out-of-state. Blount replaces Superintendent Dr. Michael Basham, who is retiring.
“This is a great time for Clinton City Schools and the Blount family,” said board Chairman E.R. Mason told the Sampson Independent newspaper. “The board is very confident in the abilities of Mr. Blount to enhance our entire school system.”
Blount, a native of Camden County, came to Scotland County in January 2010. He was responsible for several areas of the school system, including human resources, administrative services and policies.
“Stuart has been an asset to Scotland County Schools during his time here. Auxiliary services has become much more effective and efficient under Stuart’s leadership. He will be hard to replace,” said school Superintendent Rick Stout. “I wish him the best as he takes this next step in his career. Clinton City Schools made a great choice.”
Blount spent 12 years as a principal and also worked as an assistant principal and a teacher.
“I’m happy for him,” Cagle said, “but I hate that he is leaving. He has done an excellent job and I really enjoyed working with him.”