Carrie Lucas, executive assistant to the superintendent, swears in Del Burns as interim superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools.

NASHVILLE — The Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education hired a former Wake County school superintendent to serve as interim superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools.

Adelphos “Del” Burns will begin serving as interim superintendent today. He was sworn into the role at a special called meeting of the school board on Tuesday.

“This is an interesting time in any school year. The first day for many of your students is approaching and a lot of hard work has been done,” Burns told the school board. “The children will be ready because I know the schools will be ready. I am very excited to be a part of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools during the opening of school.”

Burns retired as superintendent of Wake County Public Schools in June 2010 after working in the field of education for 34 years. Much of that time was spent in Wake County Public Schools, according to a statement by the school district.

Since his retirement, Burns has served as an interim superintendent for several North Carolina school districts including Edgecombe County, Alamance-Burlington, Orange County, Bertie County and Wake County public schools.

Burns said he is looking forward to the opportunity to serve as interim superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools.

“I do value the opportunity to come and get to know the leaders in the district, and those who serve and support children every day,” Burns said.

According to the contract between Burns and the school board, Burns will receive a salary of $17,500 per month for an average of 29.5 hours of work per week. He will not be eligible for employee benefits such as sick leave, annual vacation leave or longevity pay, according to the contract. His contract will end Feb. 28, 2020, or whenever a new superintendent is hired. His pay will be pro-rated for any partial months of employment.

Burn’s contract also stipulates that he will be responsible for the expense of commuting to the school district from his home in Wake County.

Burns said he plans to spend his first few days getting a foothold in the district.

“I am going to focus initially internally and learn as much as I can,” Burns said. “Shortly after Labor Day, I hope to be able to shift my focus and focus externally. There are some challenges and opportunities in the district, and I am looking forward to learning about all of them and working together with all of you as part of the government’s team.”

According to a statement released by the school district, Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools also recently has made several other administrative changes.

Joyce Jarrett has joined the school district as the chief finance officer.

Christine Catalano, former executive director of middle school and advanced programs, has been shifted to a newly created position as the executive director of school transformation and advanced studies.

Monique Hargrove-Jones, former principal of Fairview Elementary School, now will serve as the early learning coordinator for the school district while Willie Woodard, former assistant principal at D.S. Johnson Elementary, will take her place as the new principal of Fairview Elementary School.

School begins on Monday for most students in the district.