Superintendent Resigns, District Launches Nationwide Search For Replacement

One year after being appointed superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, Dr. Angela Hairston announced her resignation on Thursday, accepting a new position with another district, WFMY reports. On December 1, Hairston will start her new job as superintendent of Virginia's Danville Public Schools, a district where she spent much of her early career.

"I have the chance to accept an opportunity dear to my heart within another school district that I cannot pass up," she said. "While I am not yet at liberty to discuss all the details, I want the talented staff, and amazing students and families of this district to hear this news from me, first. I want them to know that working in this community has been a truly rewarding experience and I've been grateful for the opportunity."

The WS/FCS will hold a nationwide search for Hairston's replacement and has yet to name an interim superintendent.

"Dr. Hairston has done some incredible work in her short time here and while we are still processing this announcement, we support Dr. Hairston in making a decision that she feels is best for her personal growth and career," said Malishai Woodbury, Chair of WS/FCS Board of Education.

Woodbury continued, "Our Board has been through some difficult times in recent months, but I can assure you we will do what we think is best for students, best for staff and best for our community. We will begin working immediately to find someone who will take the reigns of this difficult work and carry on. We can't stop, the learning must continue."

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