Stokes County will have a new school superintendent on Feb. 1, 2016, following a decision by the Stokes County School Board on Dec. 17 to hire Dr. L. Stewart Hobbs, Jr. to serve as interim School Superintendent from Feb. 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016.
Hobbs is no stranger to Stokes County, having served as school superintendent from 2008 through 2011.
Board Chair Sonya Cox said the board was excited to bring Hobbs back to the county while they searched for a permanent superintendent to fill the post being vacated by current Superintendent Ronnie Mendenhall at the end of January.
“We feel very fortunate to have someone serve in this capacity that has the wealth of knowledge and experience that Hobbs possesses,” she said. “Given Hobbs familiarity with our district he can ‘hit the ground running’ and provide a seamless transition. Hobbs will be the right person to lead the district forward during the transition of Mendenhall’s retirement and finding a superintendent to take the job on July 1.”
Hobbs said he is excited to serve the county again.
“I enjoyed my time in Stokes before and look forward to working with everyone again,” he said Thursday. “I really enjoyed my first time working there. I hope to provide a smooth transition for Stokes County as they look for a permanent superintendent. I just want to continue the good things that happening in Stokes County schools.”
Hobbs said he did not anticipate any major issues during his term as interim superintendent, but noted that the school system would have to deal with a difficult budget.
“Funding is always a big issue,” he said. “I will get in there and evaluate where the school system is and what I can do to assist them to continue to move forward the education of the children.
“I have faced a lot of budgets in my 11 years as a superintendent,” he added. “We will come up with a plan and move forward.”
Hobbs also said he appreciated the school board’s decision to hire him.
“Having been in Stokes County had being familiar with most of he people and how the schools operate I am hoping it will be a very smooth transition,” he said.
After leaving the Stokes County school system in 2011, Hobbs led Yadkin County as superintendent from 2011 until 2013. He retired in Oct 2013. Hobbs also served as Superintendent in Sampson County from 2003 until 2008.
He is currently serving as part-time district Athletic Director for Rowan-Salisbury Schools, a position he has held since March.
In addition, Hobbs has recently been filling in as interim Assistant Superintendent of Operations in Rowan-Salisbury Schools. Hobbs has served on the NC High School Athletic Association Board of Directors and also served as vice-president and president of this board. Hobbs earned his bachelor’s from UNC-Wilmington; his master’s from Fayetteville State; his Educational Specialist and Doctorate degrees from UNC-Greensboro.
He is married to Dr. Ann Lambros. Hobbs has one step-daughter, Adrienne Loffredo and two grandchildren, Dru and Kali.
The Board of Education is expected to begin the search in March and April for the superintendent who will officially take the post on July 1.
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.