By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice on September 10, 2020
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.”