First day of school for Guilford County Schools superintendent

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Monday was the first day of school for Dr. Sharon Contreras as Guilford County's new school superintendent.

"It's not about Sharon Contreras or my plans and I'm not here to fix this system," she said after taking the oath of office Monday morning. "This is a great system that will become even greater because of our work together as a community."

The 25-year educator started her first day touring several schools from Johnson Street Global Studies to the Stem Early College at NC A&T. The former superintendent of the Syracuse City School District in New York replaces Mo Green, who resigned earlier this year to head the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

"As we talk to people and as I go about my listening and learning tour, I will certainly learn that there are some programs that we can do without and others we need to expand," she said. "And some that have yet to be developed."

Contreras is the first woman to hold the position since the Greensboro and High Point school systems merged more than 20 years ago.