WS/FCS Superintendent Angela Hairston resigns

Published 3:32 pm Friday, October 16, 2020

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Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Dr. Angela Hairston has tendered her resignation to the WS/FCS Board of Education. The WS/FCS Board of Education called an emergency board of education meeting on Thursday. The board met inside the auditorium of the Education Building at 475 Corporate Square Drive in Winston-Salem, in closed session, to begin discussions.

Dr. Hairston said, “I have the chance to accept an opportunity dear to my heart within another school district that I cannot pass up. While I am not yet at liberty to discuss all the details, I want the talented staff, and amazing students and families of this district to hear this news from me, first. I want them to know that working in this community has been a truly rewarding experience and I’ve been grateful for the opportunity.”

Dr. Hairston has shared with members of the board that she will work with them in whatever way possible to ensure a smooth and successful transition of leadership.

WS/FCS Board of Education Chair Malishai Woodbury said, “Dr. Hairston has done some incredible work in her short time here and while we are still processing this announcement, we support Dr. Hairston in making a decision that she feels is best for her personal growth and career.”

Chair Woodbury continued by saying, “Our board has been through some difficult times in recent months, but I can assure you we will do what we think is best for students, best for staff and best for our community. We will begin working immediately to find someone who will take the reigns of this difficult work and carry on. We can’t stop, the learning must continue.”

Woodbury went on to say the district plans to move forward with the approved phased reopening plan.

Dr. Hairston and Woodbury hosted a press conference to discuss more details about Dr. Hairston’s resignation, the transition of leadership, and the search for a new superintendent today at the WS/FCS Education Building located at 4801 Bethania Station Road in Winston-Salem.

Dr. Hairston is the seventh superintendent for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and the first African American to serve in the role. She is the district’s second female leader. She started with WS/FCS in September of 2019.