Beaufort board: Cheeseman to be its new school superintendent


Matthew Cheeseman, superintendent of Perquimans County Schools, shown upon his induction in the Hertford Rotary Club in October, has been hired as the new superintendent for the Beaufort County Schools, the Beaufort Board of Education announced Thursday evening.


From staff reports

Friday, December 7, 2018

HERTFORD — Matthew Cheeseman apparently is leaving Perquimans County after three years to become the new superintendent of schools in Beaufort County.

On Thursday, the Beaufort County Board of Education voted unanimously to name Cheeseman superintendent of the Beaufort County Schools, according to a press release from the Beaufort school board.

Cheeseman is slated to start work in Beaufort County in January.

In its press release, the Beaufort school board cited Cheeseman’s background, leadership experience and dedication to students as setting him apart from the other 46 applicants for the superintendent’s job.

“I feel absolutely blessed and honored to be selected as the superintendent of schools for Beaufort County,” Cheeseman said in a statement included in the press release. “I look forward to working with a dynamic team of individuals across the entire district to ensure that every single student receives a world-class public school education.”

Cheeseman could not be immediately reached Thursday night about his appointment to the superintendent’s job in Beaufort.

Earlier this year, he was named one of two finalists for the top school job in Dickinson, North Dakota. He ended up not being hired for that job.

Cheeseman became superintendent of the Perquimans County Schools in November 2015 after serving as chief administrative officer of the Washington County Schools. He started his career in education as a chemistry and physics teacher with the Upper Adams School District in Biglerville, Pa. He has worked in the San Lorenzo, 
Calif. Nicolaus, Calif., and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school districts as either a teacher, athletic district or administrator.

Before taking the Washington County job, Cheeseman was director of curriculum and instruction for the Far South Side K-12 Network in the Chicago Public Schools system.