Jones County names new school superintendent

The Jones County school board has chosen a finalist for the superintendent’s job.

The board announced Friday that Chuck Gibson is the sole finalist for the position.

Gibson said he felt “humbled and blessed” to be selected. He will replace current Superintendent William Mathews, who turned in his intent to retire in December.

“Mr. Gibson is a longtime person in our school system, and he’s been the principal of the high school for eight years, so he brings a lot of experience and a lot of love for this district,” said Ginger Bailey, chairwoman of the Jones County school board.

Gibson has worked in the Jones County school system for 29 years. Bailey said Gibson has had many roles -- coach, teacher, assistant principal, principal -- throughout his tenure in the 5,400-student school district.

Bailey said the superintendent search, conducted internally, started in February and drew a total of five candidates.

“They all were top-notch candidates,” she said, adding that it was Gibson’s vision for the school system that helped him become sole finalist. “We’re anxious to find out what that vision is to move us forward.”

Part of that vision, Gibson said, is for “continued and greater success.”

Gibson said “working with young people and those who teach young people” is his favorite part of working in education.

His start date will be June 1.

To contact writer David Schick, call 744-4382.