School Board selects Chris Baldwin as new Superintendent

A new superintendent for Macon County schools was selected on Thursday afternoon.

The school board voted unanimously to approve current Franklin High School Principal Dr. Chris Baldwin to become the next Macon County Superintendent.

Baldwin said he was honored and humbled by the opportunity, “It’s a great responsibility. I pledge to do my very best for our students and our schools, because there is no better school system, or better place than Macon County. I thank the school board for their confidence in me.”

He also thanked those at the meeting for their encouragement and support.

Jim Breedlove, vice-chair of the Board of Education said, “When we started the search, one of the pledges I made to people is that we’d find someone that understood us, had our best interest at heart, and would take us to a better place. I have no doubt that [Baldwin] can do exactly that.”

Baldwin, 44, is native of the Nantahala Community and former principal and teacher at Nantahala School and has served as the FHS Principal for the last two years.

Details of the contract reveal that Baldwin will be paid $105,000 annually, and the contract will span through June 30, 2017.

He will officially begin the role of superintendent on July 1, 2013.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Jim Duncan will continue in his position during that time to assist Baldwin’s transition and to allow time for a new Franklin High School Principal to be selected.