Breaking News: Edgecombe County super tapped to lead Dare County Schools

The Watch Dog response: I felt that Dr. Farrelly would be leaving at some point in time. Some folk said they didn’t see it coming. I love how he handled his business broke up some clicks and was not afraid to put the safety of the children first when it came to bad weather. Folk superintendents come and they go so I ain’t mad with him. I just say that I strongly believe Edgecombe County is losing a good guy.

After a months-long process of narrowing down a field of 78 qualified candidates, the Board of Education has chosen a seasoned administrator from Edgecombe County to lead Dare County Schools.

John D. Farrelly will take over when Superintendent Sue Burgess retires July 1, board Chairwoman Bea Basnight said in announcing the choice Saturday.

Farrelly appeared with his family when the board emerged from a closed session during a special meeting at Manteo Elementary School.

Edgecombe County, with a popluation of about 56,000, is slightly larger than Dare County and includes Rocky Mount and Tarboro. It has 15 schools. Farrelly has served as superintendent there since 2012.

Before that, he was superintendent of Washington County, N.C. schools for three years and assisistant superintendent of Alleghany County, N.C. schools for eight years.

Candidates came from 30 states and Washington, D.C., and were screened by a consulting firm that included three former superintendents. The Board reviewed videos of 10 finalists and interviewed five. They were then narrowed to four for more interviewing. (Read more)