Veteran educator moves into Superintendent post

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4-NN-Superintendent-picThe Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County School system has a new Superintendent. His name is Larry Cartner. He comes to us from the Department of Public Instruction, hailed as a transformational figure — which everyone agrees is much needed in our schools.

He has been in the education field for 26 years, holding a variety of positions over that very substantial period of time.

Gartner’s previous position, before accepting the offer to come to Elizabeth City, was that of District Transformation Coach at DPI, which undoubtedly was a major factor in his qualifications.


Along with his work at DPI, Gartner, 56, was Superintendent for two school districts. He served for six years in Person County, just north of Raleigh and before that, four years in Stokes County. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Superintendent for Wilkes County.

Board of Education chairman, Barry Overman, said that there were 39 applicants for this position from North Carolina and other states, which meant to him that they would certainly find a good candidate. Of those, 10 were invited to interview. There were three finalists, said Overman, but all of his board members agreed that one candidate stood out.

The starting salary will be $158,000, according to Overman and the Board will officially vote for his acceptance at its next meeting. He will begin the job on July 1. In brief remarks, Gartner said he likes to work for smaller school districts, expressing his profound belief in the public school education system.

“These are our kids, he said. “They don’t belong to Raleigh, they belong to us.”