Beasley leaving to be Alleghany County superintendent

By Nicholas Elmes -


Stokes County Schools’ Middle and High Schools and CTE Director Chad Beasley is leaving the county to take a position as the Alleghany County Superintendent of schools.

Beasley offered his resignation on Aug. 21 and will starting his new position in Alleghaney County on Sept. 1.

Superintendent Ronnie Mendenhall said Beasly’s resignation would be a loss for the school system.

“Mr. Beasley was a valuable asset to the Stokes County School System during his tenure here,” said Mendenhall. “His wealth of knowledge in the 6-12 curriculum proved to be a valuable resource for our middle and high school principals.”

“I want to say thank you to Mr. Mendenhall and the Stokes County Board of Education for the wonderful opportunity they provided me to serve the students and staff of Stokes County,” Beasley said Tuesday. “I truly appreciate Mr. Mendenhall’s belief in my abilities and for allowing me to do my job. I have gained many friendships in the short three and a half years I have been here and I will surely miss them. I am proud of the accomplishments gained while working with such a strong group of educators in the Stokes County schools. I wish each and everyone continued success.”

Stokes County Schools is advertising the open position externally and internally with a deadline for applications of Aug 28.

“The district is looking to name someone who will carry on a tradition of excellence and ensure all students graduate and are college and career ready for the 21st century,” said Stokes County Schools Executive Director of Human Resources Melisa Jessup. “The time line is to announce a new director in September.”

Beasley graduated from North Surry High School and received his undergraduate degree and his master’s degree from Appalachian State University. He recently completed the Superintendent Fellows Program. The two-year Superintendent Fellows Program is an initiative to increase the pool of potential superintendents.

He is currently enrolled in the Ed.D program at Gardner- Webb University. In addition to his service in the Stokes County Schools, Beasley has served as a teacher, coach, and athletic director at Mount Airy High School, as Assistant Principal at Mount Airy High School, and as Principal of Jones Intermediate School.

He was named the Wachovia Principal of the Year in 2009 and in 2015 was inducted as a member of the Reich College of Education Rhododendron Society at Appalachian State University.

Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.


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