Courtesy Pitt County Schools.
Forsyth County, N.C. -The Winston-Salem Forsyth County School Board hired Dr. Beverly Emory as its new superintendent. Dr. Emory is a native of North Carolina. This will be her fourth job as a superintendent. She is an App State graduate.
Whenever someone gets an important job like this, our first instinct is to find out everything we can about them. It's almost like a reflex. You "Google" the person.
When you "Google" Dr. Emory, you will come across a story about a controversial decision she made in her current district, Pitt County.
Dr. Emory hired a retired sheriff's department investigator to monitor student athletes she suspected were lying about where they lived. She spent about $3500 on the investigator without telling parents, students or teachers. School district policy allowed her to do that. Then, the district discovered the investigator was not a properly licensed private investigator.
"I thought I was doing the right thing, but there were constituents who didn't agree with that. I would be much more public, whether I was still in that district or anywhere, about making sure people knew and understood," Dr. Emory said.
Dr. Emory told WFMY News 2 her goal all along was to be fair. She doesn't regret hiring an investigator. However, she hopes this issue does not give people the wrong impression about her.
"I'm about kids achieving. I hope when they Google me and find those things that they'll learn just as much as the stories that are out there. Having been a superintendent for 18-19 years in different districts, people are going to find those bumps and challenges out there. But, I hope that will also tell them that I'm not afraid to make a tough decision," Dr. Emory said.
Pitt County's School Board Chairman told WFMY News 2 Dr. Emory always acts in the best interest of her students and has done an outstanding job. He said she has a heart of gold.
"Our districts have a lot of similarities. Obviously, this one is twice the size. So, it will be a challenge for me and a learning experience. But, I already feel great about the people and all that has been accomplished here and the work ethic," Dr. Emory said.
Dr. Emory starts July 1, 2013.
Guilford County Schools has an investigative committee that checks to make sure student athletes live where they say they do. But, committee members do not do any kind of surveillance.