Dr. Sandra Carraway takes over this week as the new superintendent of Columbia County schools.
The News-Times asked her five questions about her new role.
1. Was becoming a school superintendent something you thought about when you were starting out?
Carraway: “I always knew I wanted to teach, and my years spent teaching Spanish and English were some of the most rewarding times of my life. While I was serving as principal of Greenbrier High School, the position of assistant superintendent came available, and, through the encouragement of colleagues, I entertained the thought of serving our community in that role. After obtaining that position, my thoughts naturally turned toward the superintendent’s role.”
2. What’s the biggest challenge you think you’ll face immediately?
Carraway: “The immediate challenges include making sure that our two new schools, Evans Elementary and Columbia Middle School, are ready and open flawlessly in August, and that teachers and students have everything they need for this school year to be as successful as those in the past, if not more so. … The long-term challenges continue to be related to lack of adequate funding from the state, which has resulted in larger class sizes and fewer teachers to serve our students, along with the need for every student to achieve at his or her maximum potential in a safe, positive environment.”
3. Did Charles Nagle give you any advice as he left the building?
Carraway: “Yes. As his predecessor always said, “Do no harm!” Along with a wealth of other things!”
4. When do you want parents to call you with a concern?
Carraway: “I am always ready and willing to talk with parents should they have the need or desire. One of the strengths of our school system is that we have actively involved parents who care about their children’s educational experience.”
5. What’s your favorite school lunch?
Carraway: “Pizza, of course!”