The current Acting Superintendent of Rowan-Salisbury Schools has been chosen as the new leader of the Mooresville School District.
The MGSD School Board has announced that Dr. Jason Gardner will begin as superintendent upon his release from his current district.
During the search process, the jury carefully reviewed applications from a diverse field of 22 applicants from 10 different states. Although many qualified candidates applied, the board felt that Gardner’s experience, leadership and dedication to students and staff would best serve the students, staff and community of MGSD for years to come. The board is confident that Gardner will lead the school system to even greater achievement.
Gardner has had a long and successful career in public education spanning more than 20 years in North Carolina. He is currently Acting Superintendent of Rowan-Salisbury Schools, where he has also worked as Director of Studies and Executive Director of Elementary Education. Over the past six years, Gardner has played a pivotal role in helping RSS dramatically improve the number of schools achieving or exceeding growth.
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Prior to joining RSS, Gardner spent a total of four years as a director and deputy director at MGSD. In addition, he previously served as a teacher and vice principal at Iredell-Statesville Schools (2003-2012). Gardner began his career in 2002 as a teacher in Gaston County schools. In addition to his K-12 experience, he has also worked as an adjunct professor at Catawba College and Wingate University.
Gardner also has an impressive academic background. He earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Concord University. He went on to earn a master’s degree in educational administration from Appalachian State University and a doctorate in instructional leadership from Wingate University.
Gardner is married to Meghan McGrath and has three children, Abigail, Taveon and Jaxson, and two stepchildren, Nolan and Ellie. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the community in which he lives and where his children go to school. Gardner released the following statement regarding the acceptance of the position:
“I am honored to have the opportunity to be the next leader of the Mooresville School District, and I look forward to engaging with the community to ensure we provide a great education for every child, every day. “
Dr. Stephen Mauney recently retired as Superintendent of MGSD.