Top Chatham County Schools administrators to retire

Jun. 28, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Robert L. Logan, superintendent of Chatham County Schools, announced his retirement during the Chatham County Board of Education meeting Thursday. Logan’s retirement will be effective Aug. 31. He came to Chatham County Schools in 2008.

In addition, David Moody, Assistant Superintendent of Auxiliary Services and Athletics, will also retire as of Aug. 30.

Logan has accepted a position with AVID, an acronym for Advancement Via Individual Determination, as the Eastern Division Director. Chatham County Schools has partnered with AVID to serve students since 2006. AVID is a college readiness program designed to prepare students for academic success by delivering enhanced curriculum and social support.

Logan, who was recognized as Regional Superintendent of the Year in 2013, has worked in education for over 35 years. He began his career as an exceptional education teacher and basketball and volleyball coach. After earning masters and educational specialist degrees in educational administration from East Carolina University, Logan served in four principalships and various administrative positions throughout the state. Before coming to Chatham County, Logan served as the Associate Superintendent of Innovation and School Transformation with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). He also served as superintendent of Asheville City Schools from 2001-2007. Prior to that, Logan worked in Lee County Schools as an assistant superintendent and then as superintendent for four years.

All traditional schools in the district have demonstrated improved performance composite scores under Logan’s leadership, some by more than 20 points (Siler City Elementary, Virginia Cross and Northwood High School). Jordan-Matthews and Northwood high schools have achieved national recognition as top ranking American High Schools for 2013. Several initiatives have been implemented, including: Dual Language programs at three schools, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS), the 1:1 Laptop Initiative, a Bullying Prevention Task Force, Professional Learning Communities and the Chef Challenge.

Logan’s administration oversaw the planning and construction of the cafeteria expansion at North Chatham, the arts wing and gym expansion at Northwood, and the opening of Margaret B. Pollard, the first LEED Gold certified middle school in the state.

“We wish him the best of luck with his future endeavors and want to thank him for his steadfast leadership of Chatham County Schools for the past five and a half years,” said David Hamm, Board of Education Chair.

Logan’s wife, Sonia, will remain a counselor at Northwood High School where their daughter, Waverly, will be a senior.

Dr. Derrick Jordan will serve as interim superintendent for the 2013-2014 school year effective Sept. 1, the Board of Education announced. The appointment is contingent upon negotiation of his contract with the Board of Education and meeting the statutory requirements of the position.

Jordan has worked in Chatham County Schools since 2008, first as Director of Secondary and Career/Technical Education and then as Assistant Superintendent of Academic Services and Instructional Support. Jordan earned his Doctor of Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012. Jordan has overseen the Chatham County Schools transition from the Standard Course of Study to the Common Core and Essential Standards.

“I am very appreciative of the Board’s confidence in my ability to lead the district during this period of transition. Our district has a lot of dedicated professionals who work hard every day to provide excellent opportunities for our students, and there is no doubt that we will continue our laser-sharp focus on increasing positive outcomes for them," said Jordan. "I am also thankful for Superintendent Logan’s leadership, mentorship, and commitment to Chatham County Schools over the past several years. We wish him much success in his retirement and future endeavors.”

Moody has been with Chatham County Schools for 12 years. He began his career as a lateral entry social studies and economics teacher. Moody coached football and baseball for 19 years, 13 as a head football coach and four as head baseball coach. After earning his Masters of School Administration from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, he began a career as an administrator. He first came to Chatham County as principal of Jordan-Matthews High School and then became the Director of Secondary Education in July 2007. Moody has been the Assistant Superintendent of Auxiliary Services and Athletics since October 2008.