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Rick Stout has served in the role of Superintendent for the past seven years and is currently in his third year with Onslow County Schools in Jacksonville, NC. The Onslow County School System currently serves over 26,000 students, approximately 40% of who are children of military families. Onslow County is a growing community that has seen tremendous growth over the past 20 years. As superintendent, he has been able to establish a partnership with the County Manager and Commissioners in building a strategic plan that provides a funding formula for local funding to the schools and a schedule to construct five new schools over the next ten years.  

In his 29 years as an educator, Rick has served in the role of a teacher, coach, assistant principal, assistant superintendent of finance and human resources, and assistant superintendent of instruction and auxiliary services.  In 2008, he became superintendent of the Scotland County School System in Laurinburg NC.  Mr. Stout has earned both M.ED and Ed.S. at East Carolina University.

Rick Stout serves as a leader for local, regional, state, and national level boards and organizations that focus on educational leadership and student opportunities. He is an advocate for 21st century learning, presenting locally and nationally regarding technology innovation and Early College partnerships. Mr. Stout was selected by the White House to be recognized as one of a hundred school districts that is leading the way for technology. He was nominated by his peers as president of his regional superintendent association, as well as being a recipient of the prestigious NC Lighthouse Award and the Golden Apple Award for technology.