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Watauga School Board Names Assistant Supt. Fonseca Interim Supt. Through June 30, 2014, $110,000 Salary

May 14, 2013. Assistant Superintendent Dr. David Fonseca has been named interim superintendent for the Watauga County Schools effective June 1.  The appointment was approved by the Watauga County Board of Education last night and is effective through June 30, 2014. 

Dr. Fonseca“The Board of Education has been very impressed by how Dr. Fonseca is handling his additional responsibilities during this time of transition in our schools,” said Board Chair Dr. Lee Warren.  “He is clearly a highly qualified and well respected educational leader who has built strong relationships with the Board, with school system personnel, and throughout our community.  We are fortunate to have him as assistant superintendent and we look forward to working with him as interim superintendent.” 

Dr. Fonseca’s annual salary will increase from $95,000 as assistant superintendent to $110,000  as interim superintendent.  Dr. Kafitz was being paid an annual salary of $120,000.  

Dr. David Fonseca BIO

Dr. Fonseca came to the Watauga County Schools from his previous position as assistant superintendent of instructional services for the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools.  Prior to accepting that position, he was the principal of H.M. Arndt Middle School in Catawba County Schools from 2008-2011, served as an assistant principal in Gaston County, and was a school administrator for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.  He began his career in education in Lincolnton, NC in 1992 and his classroom experience includes teaching positions at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.  In addition to his work as a teacher and administrator, Dr. Fonseca has also coached middle school and high school soccer and basketball. 

Dr. Fonseca earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Veracruz in Veracruz, Mexico, a master’s degree in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Appalachian State University.  He has also participated in several school leadership programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed the Leadership Institute for Superintendents at Harvard University in March of last year.  

Watauga County Schools

The Watauga County Schools system includes eight schools serving elementary and middle school students and one comprehensive high school for grades 9-12.  The total system enrollment is approximately 4,500 students.