ASHEBORO — The top executive of the Randolph County School System will be at the helm of the county’s largest public school system through at least the 2026-27 school year, following action from the Randolph County School Board this week. Dr. Stephen Gainey had his employment contract extended to June 30, 2027 — the maximum length allowed by state law.
“Over the last year, Dr. Gainey continued to work tirelessly to lead the Randolph County School System with great thoughtfulness and care,” said the Randolph County Board of Education in a joint statement.
The board highlighted Gainey’s encouragement of “teachers and principals to reach students in new ways” and his investment “in strategic opportunities for professional development for our educators.”
Gainey was recognized earlier this year by the Piedmont Triad Education Consortium as the Superintendent of the Year for the 2023-2024 school year.
“Dr. Gainey does an exceptional job of working with teachers, staff, and families and has an approachable, positive presence throughout the community,” said the board statement. “The Board encourages Dr. Gainey to continue to develop strong leaders who share in his vision for the school system. The nine-year plan Dr. Gainey has implemented to improve the facilities and infrastructure has been a great contribution to our school system over the years, and we have seen how well he has managed resources over the long term.”
Gainey was hired in 2013 as superintendent in Randolph County. He previously served as interim superintendent for the Wake County Public School System. He began his education career as a high school math teacher before moving to administration as an assistant principal and principal.