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JCPS welcomes Superintendent Dr. Jim Causby

Dr. Jim Causby Johnston County Public Schools welcomed Dr. Jim Causby as interim superintendent on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

“The Johnston County Board of Education feels that Causby’s experience and commitment to education will allow for a smooth transition in leadership,” said Johnston County Board of Education Chairman Mike Wooten.

Causby, who previously served as superintendent for the district from 1994-2004, said he is excited to be back in Johnston County.

“It feels great. It is unusual for a former superintendent to be asked to return to a school system, and I deeply appreciate the confidence in me expressed by the Board of Education,” said Causby. “This is truly almost like going home. I served 10 wonderful years in Johnston County as superintendent and still have many very dear friends here and have many staff members that I hired when I was superintendent. Johnston County is truly a unique place that has placed the education and welfare of its youth as a number one priority. “

Causby, a native of McDowell County, has an extensive and successful career in North Carolina’s public education system, including 30 years as superintendent in six districts. He is currently semi-retired and works as an education and marketing consultant. He has a wide range of experience from the classroom to the central office, starting out as a teacher and coach before moving up to principal and ultimately superintendent positions.

Causby said he looks forward to the opportunity to lead Johnston County Public Schools and he understands what it means to serve as the interim superintendent.

“Usually the basic role of an interim superintendent is to maintain a school system while the Board of Education hires a new permanent superintendent. There is no need to establish new programs or efforts since a new superintendent will want to do that as part of their work once they are on board,” said Causby. “The situation in Johnston County is different from a normal system situation, so I will need to adapt my efforts to deal with that and the ramifications that result because of it.”

According to Causby, his primary responsibility will be to restore the public’s trust in the school system as well as to identify priority areas that need attention and some adjustment.

“My primary goal will be to restore staff and public confidence in the Johnston County Public Schools. A return to normalcy is badly needed, and the people and resources needed to achieve that are available,” he said. “There is a strong need to quickly make some final decisions on the Clayton High School principal situation, and I will give the investigation an in-depth look and make a decision on the appropriate path forward as quickly as possible. Of course there is also a need for improved staff morale, and I will work hard to see improvement there. Johnston County Public Schools staff is made up of exceptionally qualified and loyal employees, and I will support them fully. We will focus every decision we make with consideration of what is best for students.”

In addition to the 10 years he spent with Johnston County Public Schools, Causby has also seen success as a superintendent leading Swain County Schools for 11 years and Polk County Schools for five years. He also served as interim superintendent of Hickory City Schools in 2011.

From 2004 to 2013 Causby led two statewide organizations, serving as Executive Director of the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA) and the North Carolina School Superintendents Association (NCSSA). His exemplary service and leadership have often been recognized; he was named NC Superintendent of the Year three times and was named to the Order of the Long Leaf Pine – North Carolina’s highest civilian award.

Causby has an impressive academic background as well. He completed his undergraduate degree and a master’s in elementary education at Western Carolina University. He obtained his education specialist degree from Appalachian State University in 1975 and his doctorate in education administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1988.