Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools superintendent to retire

Posted July 22, 2010 11:24 p.m. EDT

— Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Superintendent Neil Pedersen announced at Thursday night's Board of Education meeting that he will retire at the end of his contract on June 30, 2011.

In a letter to the board, Pedersen wrote: "Although I’m giving you a year’s notice, I want to assure you that I will be as focused as ever on meeting the goals that we mutually agree upon for the upcoming year."

Pedersen came to CHCCS in 1987. He served five years as an assistant superintendent and 18 years as superintendent.

He is the longest-serving superintendent in the district's 101-year history, and his 18-year tenure makes him the second longest superintendent currently serving in one district in North Carolina.

Under his leadership, the school system has seen the construction of half of the district's 17 schools.

Pedersen and the district also focused on environmentally friendly facilities, adopting a policy that requires sustainable features in all new facilities, and opening the first LEED certified high school in the Southeast.

Pedersen was named the 2001 Superintendent of the Year by the North Carolina Association of School Administrators. That year, he also was one of four finalists for National Superintendent of the Year in a competition sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators.