Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Superintendent Tom Forcella Announces Retirement - Effective August 1

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Superintendent Tom Forcella has announced his retirement, effective August 1.

Forcella has been with the school district since 2011, and in schools for 42 years. Notable accomplishments during that time include the increased focus on classroom instruction and lesson planning, the design and implementation of a long-range strategic plan that includes 28 specific strategies, and the creation of Project ADVANCE – a strategic compensation model that ties teacher pay to professional development. Forcella has been working with state leaders to investigate the possibility of Project ADVANCE eventually becoming a model for teacher compensation statewide.

“My five years in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools have been extremely rewarding,” said Forcella. “I am thankful for the opportunity to work with our amazing students, as well as the staff, parents and agencies that make this community remarkable.”

Board of Education Chair James Barrett indicated the school district will continue the progress made under Dr. Forcella’s leadership.

“While sad to lose him at this critical time, I am grateful for Dr Forcella’s five years of service to this district,” said Barrett. “His efforts to improve quality of instruction will make a lasting impact for the benefit of all our students. These efforts are cultural shifts in our district that will live beyond his tenure and continue to help our students succeed.”

“His diverse teaching and administrative background has allowed him to have the necessary perspective and vision to lead a school district,” said Board of Education Vice Chair Annetta Streater. “The district’s Long Range Plan speaks to his efforts to engage children, raise achievement and prepare all of our staff to be leaders. I will truly miss him and wish him well.”

The next meeting of the Board of Education is Thursday, June 2 at 7 p.m.