Board of Education Extends Superintendent's Contract

Guilford County Schools Superintendent Maurice "Mo" Green will lead the district for another four years. The Guilford County Board of Education voted to extend Green's contract until 2016, the maximum extension allowed by law, at its Oct. 25 meeting.

The Board of Education evaluates the superintendent annually in seven categories: strategic leadership, instructional leadership, cultural leadership, human resources leadership, managerial leadership, external development leadership and micro-political leadership. The board noted in its review that Green has a vision of excellence for the district which is clearly communicated to the staff, students and the public.

Board Chairman Alan Duncan noted that Green is an exceptional superintendent who sets the bar for other superintendents across the state. "He is respected at every level: local, state and national. We are very pleased with his ability to clearly spread the mission of our public schools in our community and further."

Green's contract includes a 3 percent annual raise, but for the fifth year in a row, he turned down the additional compensation. The Board tried to convince Green to accept a 1.2 percent raise, the same percentage district employees received this year, but he respectfully declined.

"I'm honored to be the superintendent of Guilford County Schools, as I've said from day one, and I'm still honored to be the superintendent," Green said. "We have accomplished a lot and I'm proud to lead this team, but we have not yet accomplished all our goals. We will continue to move forward."

"It's a very unusual situation when you have a Board insisting that a leader accept a raise that he is deserving, but he refuses because he continues to feel that the district still needs to improve," Duncan said.

Green took the lead job at Guilford County Schools in 2008. Since then, the district has increased the graduation rate from 79.5 to 84.5 percent and gone from one to 19 schools named Honor Schools of Excellence. In addition, the number of low-performing schools has dropped from nine schools in 2008 to one in 2012. GCS has also instituted new initiatives focusing on literacy, character education and service learning, as well as opening Guilford Parent Academy.