Board Announces Interim Superintendent and Posts Opening for Next Superintendent

The Board of Education announces the appointment of Dr. Don Martin as interim superintendent of Mount Airy City Schools, effective March 1, 2024. Dr. Martin served as interim for the district in 2016 following the departure of Dr. Greg Little and prior to the selection of Dr. Kim Morrison.


Dr. Martin brings with him 33 years of experience as a superintendent. His first superintendent’s position was in the smallest school district in Kentucky, Southgate Independent Schools in 1980.  He also served as superintendent of schools for the Jessamine County School District in Nicholasville, Kentucky for six years. In 1989 he was hired as the first superintendent of the newly merged Rowan-Salisbury schools in Salisbury, North Carolina. In 1994 he was hired as the superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and served there until his retirement on June 30, 2013. 


Since his retirement as superintendent from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, Dr. Martin served as a Professor of Educational Leadership on the faculty at High Point University for six years, as an interim superintendent in Mount Airy City Schools and Elkin City Schools for eight months, and as the interim director of the Northwest Regional Support Agency for 18 months.  In 2014 he was elected as a Forsyth County Commissioner and served as vice-chair for 8 years and has been chairman since 2022. Read the full press release by clicking the PDF below or clicking here.

Community Survey - Open Feb. 8 through Feb. 28


Search for the Next Superintendent of Mount Airy City Schools - Timeline


Mount Airy City Schools 

Announcement of Vacancy and Superintendent Search 

February 7, 2024


The Mount Airy City Schools (“MACS”) Board of Education with over 87 collective years of experience is commencing a search to find its next Superintendent. This vacancy has been created due to the retirement of Dr. Kim Morrison, who has successfully led the MACS since June 2016. The search process will include opportunity for community input while applications are being accepted. The Superintendent Search Timeline and the Community Survey approved by the Board of Education are available on the MACS website at the following link: 

The Board will consider community and stakeholder input when making its selection. 

Invitation to Apply

The Board invites anyone who meets the legal requirements to be licensed as a superintendent in North Carolina, or who is otherwise qualified and eligible to serve as a superintendent under State board of Education Policy, to apply. The Board’s ideal superintendent candidate will meet minimum requirements of the position (listed below) and demonstrate past success, current capacity, and future potential in the following areas:

  1. Visionary educational leadership;
  2. Dependable and innovative approaches to curriculum and instruction;
  3. Strategic approach to goal-setting;
  4. Successful systems of monitoring and accountability; 
  5. Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  6. Able to foster beneficial community relationships and governmental partnerships;
  7. Motivational attitude;
  8. Exemplary fiscal management skills; and
  9. Honesty and reliability. 


Minimum Requirements:

  1. Licensed as a superintendent in North Carolina or eligible to serve as a superintendent under State board of Education Policy;
  2. Has worked as a classroom teacher for at least 3 years;
  3. Is able to relocate his or her primary residence to Mount Airy, North Carolina;
  4. Is able to pass a drug screening, background check, and credit check to the Board’s satisfaction; and
  5. Is available to start in May 2024.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link available on the MACS website, which can be found here: 

The link will open on February 9, 2024, at 8:00 a.m.; the application period will close on March 10, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. No applications will be accepted after this deadline. 

Information about the Mount Airy City Schools

Mount Airy City Schools is a city school district located in the foothills of North Carolina. It is one of three school districts found in Surry County, North Carolina which borders Carroll and Patrick counties in Virginia. Student enrollment has been on a steady increase for the past several years as the innovative programming across the system has expanded offerings in academics, arts, and athletics. Students enjoy the district’s STEAM framework K-12 (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) and have opportunities to learn in the Spanish dual language immersion program, Career and Technical programs, fine arts programming, and more. Students compete academically and athletically winning awards in both areas. With nearly 300 employees and over 1700 students, the district boasts big system offerings with a small town feel. Through innovative funding, the district strives to support students year-round in exploring their passions and discovering their greatness.

Information about Mount Airy, North Carolina

Mount Airy, located in northwest North Carolina, has a lot to attract families, retirees, businesses and new residents. It’s wonderfully situated for those looking to live in a small-town environment, away from the congestion and hustle of big city life. There are opportunities for everyone in the community to have high-quality experiences in performing and visual arts through Surry Arts Council programming. Visitors and residents also enjoy the vibrant downtown where Market Street Arts and Entertainment District can be found. Mount Airy is only minutes from the Virginia border and two hours from Charlotte and Raleigh. One can be in Winston-Salem in 30 minutes or to Piedmont Triad Airport in Greensboro in an hour.

More Information

For more information, please contact Allison Tomberlin, Board Attorney, at [email protected] or (336)723-1110. Please do not attempt to contact any individual board member about your interest in the position or to gather information about the search process. All inquiries will remain confidential. Names of applicants will not be publicly disclosed without the applicant’s consent. 


The Mount Airy City Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Board prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or age.