Dare County Schools Facilities Director Retires
Jim Winebarger, Dare County Schools Facilities Director, retired October 1st. Holding the position since 1998, Winebarger was at the forefront of the many school construction projects that heralded the beginning of the century in Dare County. Additionally, eliminating asbestos and improving air quality were key issues that he and his team faced.

He was dedicated to community service through the Civil Air Patrol and through his membership in the Albemarle RC&D (Resource Conservation and Development Council). In 2014, Winebarger received the nine-state Southeast Region RC&D Council Member of the Year Award for his commitment to developing renewable energy in Northeast NC and promotion of wind and solar energy in grades K-12. He, along with Manteo High School Principal John Luciano and science teacher Pat Holland received the Albemarle RC&D award for Outstanding Commitment to Environmental Stewardship and Education through their wetland and outdoor education classroom outreach, the Doughs Creek project - a collaboration that produced a constructed wetland and multifaceted outdoor environmental education area.

Educated at Pacific Lutheran University in Seattle, WA, and Olympic College in Bremerton, WA, Winebarger embarked on his career that included service in the US Navy, Vice President positions at Hay Systems in Washington, DC and The Tuckerman Group in Springfield, Virginia, and CEL Aerospace Test Equipment, Ltd. in Quebec, Canada before arriving in the Outer Banks as President of Weathertite Construction in Kitty Hawk. 

His legacy is vast, and he leaves with an abundant good will. Board of Education Vice-Chair Margaret Lawler commented, "I always enjoyed working with Jim.  He was very knowledgeable, thorough and prepared with his presentations to the Board of Education.  He was known for his subtle humor and calm demeanor." 

Director of Human Resources Dr. John Donlan remarked, "Jim has accomplished a great deal in the construction and maintenance of our excellent schools.  His organizational abilities, attention to detail and overall professionalism have been appreciated through the years. He has been a pleasure to work with."

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Director of Facilities Jim Winebarger hands over reins to Russ Gurganus
With a handshake, former Director of Facilities, Jim Winebarger, turns over the position of Dare County Schools Director of Facilities to Russ Gurganus (left) on September 28th. Gurganus comes to Dare County from Beaufort County Schools. Winebarger expressed full faith in Gurganus for this new exciting chapter in Dare County Schools. Holding the position since 1998, Winebarger was at the forefront of the many school construction projects that heralded the beginning of the century in Dare County.