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RSS Superintendent Announces Resignation, Interim Superintendent Appointed

Rowan-Salisbury Schools (RSS) Superintendent Dr. Tony B. Watlington, Sr., announced his resignation, effective Friday, April 15, during the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education meeting Monday. The announcement follows Watlington’s appointment as superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia.

The Board appointed Dr. Jason Gardner as interim superintendent. He will take the helm of RSS on April 16.

Gardner has been a valuable member of RSS’s leadership team since 2016. He currently serves as the district’s Chief Academic Officer. Previously, he was the Executive Director of Elementary Education. Prior to his time at RSS, Gardner worked as a principal and assistant principal in the Mooresville Graded School District and a teacher and assistant principal for Iredell-Statesville Schools. He’s also an adjunct professor at Catawba College and Wingate University.

“On behalf of our Board, we thank Dr. Watlington for his service and commitment to the children and employees of our school system. We appreciate his thinking about the system and stepping down prior to taking his position in Philadelphia so we can move forward with selecting our next leader,” said Board Chairman Dean Hunter.

Hunter added that the Board will move as quickly as possible in their search to ensure the continuation of RSS’s vision and mission, which is focused on serving every child in our school system.



West Rowan Middle School PBL Showcase

At West Rowan Middle School, students learn about Sustainability through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also known as the Global Goals. The SDGs were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity. WRMS students focus on 11 of the 17 goals which fall under the areas of: Environment, Economy, Equality, and Wellness.