WEST JEFFERSON-Superintendent of Ashe County Schools Todd Holden announced Monday night he’ll leave the district on July 1, as he takes on the role of Superintendent of Madison County Schools.
“This is something that’s very hard for me to do,” Holden said during the Ashe County Board of Education’s regular session on April 11. “I want to thank this board for all their support and in helping me grow as a superintendent and for their advice. We work very well together and I want to thank Ashe County for giving me a welcome that I’ve never experienced in my life.”
Holden took the superintendent’s post on July 1, 2013.
He replaced Interim Superintendent of Ashe County Schools Donnie Johnson, who served the school system from 1999 to 2009, and accepted an interim position until the board selected a replacement for former Superintendent Travis Reeves.
Reeves resigned as the school system’s chief effective Dec. 31, 2012, to take the superintendent position with the Surry County School System.
Holden called the move to Madison County Schools a good opportunity for him but a difficult decision to make.
“I want to thank the teachers of Ashe County for supporting me, I want to thank my principals, my board and (Assistant Superintendent) Phyllis Yates,” Holden said. “It’s a perfect place to be and it was very difficult for me to come to this decision. I hope that I have given Ashe as much as Ashe has given me.”
The board did not announce immediate plans to launch a search for its next superintendent or to name an interim executive to the position, but instead went into closed session. The Jefferson Post will outline the board’s next steps as they become available.
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