WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The community got a chance Wednesday night to meet and pick the brain of Dr. Beverly Emory, the incoming superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.
The Board of Education voted unanimously on Tuesday to hire Emory to replace Dr. Don Martin, who is retiring on June 30.
Parents, teachers and community leaders asked Dr. Emory's opinions on a number of education topics.
"I'm not a supporter of pay to play," said Emory when asked about athletics. "I think we've got to find ways, if we have budget issues that we try to make sure our kids have opportunities to participate."
Emory also told the audience she supports public schools getting in the business of charter schools. "I hope and really have faith that I think that is coming and I think we are going to have an opportunity as a public school system to do some of that."
Emory currently serves as the Pitt County Schools superintendent, a position she has held since 2006. In Pitt County she's made improvements to the dropout rate and education of children living in poverty.
Dr. Emory will begin working for WS/Forsyth County on July 1. She received a four-year contract, and her annual salary is $190,000. She has spent more than 30 years in education and has nearly 20 years of experience as a superintendent.
Prior to her current position in Pitt County, she spent six years as the superintendent of Oberlin City School District in Oberlin, Ohio. Dr. Emory received her bachelor's degree in science education from Appalachian State University and later earned a Master of Arts in School Administration from Appalachian State as well. In 1994, she received her doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.
On Wednesday Dr. Emory visited 7 schools in Winston-Salem. She plans to visit all 79 schools before she officially takes over in July.