NEWS RELEASES 2011-12 :: AUGUST 9, 2011


Few local school superintendents can say they have served their place of employment for over 30 years, but Clay County Schools' Superintendent Scott Penland can attest to it.

State Superintendent June Atkinson recently recognized Penland for his 36 years of service with Clay County, the last 30 of which have been as superintendent, at a recent quarterly meeting of local superintendents. Penland has served Clay County schools since 1975, initially as a 6th grade math and science teacher before becoming superintendent in 1981.

"Scott is a wonderful example of someone who believes in and is committed to public education," said Atkinson. "Clay County's public schools continue to excel in all areas, showing steady performance and academic growth at all of its schools. This is a testament to Penland and his focus on success for his staff and students."

Penland received a bachelor of science in biology, a master of arts and an educational specialist degree all from Western Carolina University. He was named North Carolina's Superintendent of the Year in 1995-96 and Western Carolina Superintendent of the Year in 1992 and 1996. He participated in the Western Carolina University Chancellor's Regional Roundtable and the Global Experience for School Leaders in the United Kingdom. In 1992, he received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

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