Chapel Hill News

CHCCS seeks public’s help on superintendent search

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education is asking community members to help shape the search process and desired qualities and characteristics of the next superintendent.

The board invites parents and community members to participate in a short community survey that can be accessed and completed online by clicking the English version or the Spanish version. All surveys must be completed by Thursday, Sept. 1, with results to be compiled, summarized, and presented by the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) at the board meeting on Sept. 15.

In addition, all employees of CHCCS will have an opportunity to complete a separate online staff survey. Details about completing the employee version of the search survey will be communicated via school system email. Staff and community members are also invited to comment publicly on desired characteristics for the next leader of schools during one of two scheduled public forums.

The first forum will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30 at Chapel Hill High School. The second forum will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Northside Elementary School.

Citizens may also sign up to address the board during the public comment period at any of the upcoming regular board meetings, scheduled for 7 p.m. July 21, August 18, and September 1. All meetings will be held at the Lincoln Center board room, located at 750 S. Merritt Mill Road, Chapel Hill, NC. Citizens must sign up to speak before the meeting begins and must otherwise comply with Board Policy 2310, Public Participation at Board Meetings.

In addition to input received from the surveys, forums, and public comment, written statements from any local groups or organizations may be submitted to Allison Schafer via mail at NCSBA, P.O. Box 97877, Raleigh, NC 27624, via email at, or via fax at 919-841-4020. These statements should be received no later than Thursday, September 1, 2016.

Interim assistant superintendent named

Rydell Harrison has been named interim assistant superintendent of Instructional Services for the 2016-17 school year. His appointment was approved at a special called meeting of the Board of Education on Wednesday.

Harrison will replace Magda Parvey, who has accepted a position with the City School District of New Rochelle (New York).

“Dr. Harrison is absolutely the right person for this important job,” said James Barrett, school board chairman. “He is a skilled leader with proven results in the area of instruction, has great relationships with the principals and teachers, and brings a clear understanding of the challenges we will face in the coming year.”

Harrison began his career as a music teacher in New Jersey, and has 19 years in education. Harrison currently serves as executive director of Professional Development and Project ADVANCE. He also served as principal of Phillips Middle School.

Prior to joining Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, Harrison served as a principal at both an elementary and middle school, as well as a middle school assistant principal in Guilford County Schools.

Harrison has a bachelor of music education from Rutgers University and a master of divinity from Duke University, among other degrees.