The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Board of Education and Dr. Joanne Sanders jointly announce that Dr. Sanders is retiring from her employment with the school district.
Dr. Sanders explained that, "I am resigning solely for personal reasons. I hope people will respect my privacy."
Board Chair Sharon Warden shared that this was a decision by Dr. Sanders. "We were very sorry to hear of her decision. We encouraged her to reconsider, but we understand that she has made a decision and we will respect that decision. We cannot express enough appreciation for all that she has done throughout her career and especially recently for our school system and our community."
Dr. Sanders shared that the decision to retire was unrelated to the ongoing search for a permanent superintendent. She confirmed that she had applied for that position. According to Dr. Sanders, "After much thought and prayer, I decided last week to withdraw from further consideration as a candidate for the permanent position of superintendent. Retiring is a difficult decision for me after spending 25 years with the school system and a total of 27 years in public education; however, I am convinced that this is the right decision for me at this time. It is an especially hard decision after there has been so much support for me in our schools and community recently."
Dr. Sanders added, "It is my sincere desire to see the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools continue to move onward and upward."
Ms. Warden also announces that Rhonda James-Davis will serve as the interim superintendent until further notice. The search for a permanent superintendent remains in progress. Davis joined the District in 2015 as the Director of Career and Technical Education ("CTE"). She had spent 22 years in Currituck as a teacher, a principal and eventually the Director of Secondary Education, including CTE Director.