COVINGTON — Newton County School System’s Deputy Superintendent of Operations Dennis Carpenter has been named head of a Missouri school district.
NCSS Superintendent Gary Mathews said in an email Thursday that Carpenter has been named superintendent of the Hickman Mills C-1 School District in Kansas City, Mo., effective July 1, 2013.
The school district serves 6,200 students in eight elementary schools, one middle school, one junior high school, one senior high school, two special schools along with a comprehensive gifted program, an early childhood center and an alternative school, according to the Hickman Mills website. NCSS serves about 19,000 students.
Carpenter has been with NCSS since February 2008, when he was hired as associate superintendent for Human Resources. He did not respond to an email seeking a comment.
Earlier this year, he was one of two finalists for a superintendent position in Mississippi; last year, he was one of three finalists for a superintendent position in Peach County. He also has applied for positions in Florida and South Carolina in the past couple of years.
He is the husband of Dr. LaQuanda Carpenter, the principal at Alcovy High School. She has been principal since 2009.
“I have not heard as of yet from Principal Carpenter, but I fully expect she will finish out this current school year once she returns from maternity leave,” Mathews said Thursday.
In October, LaQuanda Carpenter withdrew a pending lawsuit against Newton County Board of Education Vice Chairman Jeff Meadors in an effort to end divisiveness in the community. She originally had filed a suit in April naming 11 “John Does” who commented about her on the Newton Citizen website; she later added Meadors and dismissed the others.
Mathews also is leaving the system at the end of this school year, when he retires. The Newton County Board of Education currently is searching for a superintendent using services provided by the Georgia School Boards Association.