Johnston County Schools superintendent announces retirement

JOHNSTON COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- Johnston County Schools superintendent Dr. Ross Renfrow retired immediately Tuesday night.

His retirement was announced during a closed door session at the board of education meeting.

The vote to accept the retirement was unanimous.

"It has been my honor and privilege to serve the students of Johnston County Public Schools, and I look forward to other work-related opportunities, but most importantly, spending much needed time with family," said Dr. Renfrow in a statement.

Dr. Renfrow served Johnston County Public Schools for 26 years.

Dr. Jim Causby was voted in as interim superintendent, effective Sept. 3.

The retirement comes amid investigations involving the reassignment of Clayton principal Dr. Bennett Jones.

Jones was reassigned amid an investigation into grade-fixing for student athletes.

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Renfrow released the following statement in conjunction with Mike Wooten, Johnston County Public Schools Board of Education Chairman:

"After more than 30 years of service in public education, Johnston County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ross Renfrow announces his retirement, effective August 28, 2019. Dr. Renfrow has served Johnston County Public Schools for 26 years. During these years, he has served the district as a teacher, coach, principal, Deputy Superintendent and Superintendent.

Dr. Renfrow states, "It has been my honor and privilege to serve the students of Johnston County Public Schools, and I look forward to other work-related opportunities, but most importantly, spending much needed time with family."

Johnston County Public Schools Board of Education Chairman Mike Wooten states, "Dr. Renfrow's retirement culminates a long and dedicated career in education, and his service to students of Johnston County Public Schools is appreciated. We wish him the best in retirement and all his future opportunities."

Effective September 3, 2019, Dr. James Causby will serve as the interim Superintendent carrying out all duties and responsibilities for Johnston County Public Schools. Effective immediately and until September 3, 2019, the Board has assigned the duties of the Superintendent to Mr. Brian Vetrano, current Chief of Human Resources and Financial Services."
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