Dare BOE re-ups Superintendent Farrelly into 2024

By on September 10, 2020

Dare County Schools Superintendent Dr. John Farrelly. (file photo)

At their meeting on Sept. 8, The Dare County Board of Education unanimously approved the extension of Superintendent Dr. John Farrelly’s contract through Sept. 8, 2024. Farrelly took over the reins of Dare County Schools on July 1, 2017, following the retirement of Sue Burgess, the county’s longest-serving superintendent.

Formerly the superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools, Farrelly’s contract with the Board of Education was set to expire on June 30, 2021.

The amendment approved by the board, the fourth since the contract was signed in 2017, does not include any pay raise or bonuses. Under the terms of his original contract, Farrelly received an annual salary of $190,000. The contract has since been amended twice for salary adjustments—the first in 2018 to reflect a two percent increase and again in June 2019 for a three percent increase — which puts Farrelly’s current salary at just under $200,000 a year.

“We are very much appreciative of all that you have done,” Board Chair Bea Basnight told Farrelly after the Sept. 8 vote. “I know you and your administration have worked tirelessly to implement remote learning. You did it in the spring and revved it up in the fall to make it as successful as it can be.”

Basnight told the Voice later that Farrelly has introduced a number of initiatives to the county since coming on board in 2017, including the dual language immersion program at the elementary level. She also noted that the superintendent is a good communicator who involves stakeholders through community meetings and other outlets.

For his part, Farrelly told board members after the Sept. 8 vote, “I just want to thank the board for your support and confidence in the work that we are doing.”


  • Travis

    Just another reason to vote this current board out, en masse, in November. Last spring’s remote learning was a disaster. This year has been a little better but with all summer to prepare, it should have been much smoother. There’s no reason everyone first learned the important details less than 48 hours before classes were supposed to start.

    Thursday, Sep 10 @ 10:49 am
  • Stan Clough

    We always hear about teachers being underpaid. Really? $200,000.00 a year? For what ? A disgrace, Our children deserve better than overblown bureaucratic bologna as an excuse for education

    Thursday, Sep 10 @ 4:08 pm
  • 123abc

    If schools are closed why do we need school employees , teachers, etc, money for students can go to the students to fund home schools. The money for children needs to be to fund children not over inflated bureaucratic
    school management

    Thursday, Sep 10 @ 5:00 pm
  • Carter McKay

    When Farrelly was brought into Dare County from Edgecombe, he was supposed to rise to our level, but instead Dare County has sunk to his substandard level. Our students and faculty have suffered for it!

    Thursday, Sep 10 @ 10:38 pm