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After 4 years, Stafford gets new schools leader

By Potomac Local News November 1, 2010 10:24 pm

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Dr. Randy Bridges was selected as the new Stafford County Public Schools Superintendent on Monday. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

Stafford, Va. –– Stafford County’s interim schools superintendent will soon hand over control of the public school system to a man from North Carolina.

Dr. Randy Bridges was selected Monday as the county’s new public school superintendent, replacing Jean S. Murray whose contract was not renewed by the county in 2006.

Bridges comes to Stafford after serving as the Superintendent of the Alamance-Burlington School System, in Burlington, N.C. for the past four years.

Prior to that Bridges served for four years as the Superintendent of the Rock Hill School District Three in Rock Hill, S.C., 25 miles south of Charlotte, N.C.

According to Bridges’ resume which was released to the public Monday, Bridges also was Superintendent of the Orange County Schools in Hillsborough, N.C. from 1997 until 2002. He also served as an associate superintendent for that school system for one year before taking stepping into the leadership role there.

Bridges also has held other positions as school principals, assistant principal, teacher and head basketball coach all between 1982 and 1996, according to his resume.

He is married to his wife, Vernetta Nelson Bridges, and has a daughter named Randi and a son named Garrett.

Bridges will begin his tenure in Stafford on Dec. 6, and will replace interim superintendent Dr. Andre Nougaret whom has served as the school system controller since 2006.

Bridges holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a Doctorate from Fayetteville State University.

He was recognized this year as the North Carolina Association of Educators Superintendent of the Year 2010, according to a press release from Stafford County Public Schools.