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New Wake superintendent will attend Tuesday meeting

Posted June 3, 2013

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— The next superintendent of the Wake County Public School System will be present Tuesday when the Board of Education meets, board chairman Keith Sutton said Monday.

WRAL.com will carry the board's work session, beginning at 4 p.m., and public meeting at 5:30 p.m. live online.

The board has narrowed the list to three top candidates: Dana Bedden, superintendent of Irving Independent School District outside Dallas; James Merrill, superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools; and Ann Clark, deputy superintendent of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system.

The trio made their case to the public last week in Raleigh. 

The new superintendent will face a variety of issues from Day One, including helping build public support for an $810 million school construction bond referendum this fall, while dealing with state legislation that’s expected to turn construction authority over to the board of commissioners.

Other issues on the system’s agenda include dealing with potential state budget cuts and developing a new student assignment plan that includes diversity as a factor.
 

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  • LuvLivingInCary Jun 4, 2013

    injameswetrust...keep telling the truth...it's not about picking the best person...it's about carrying out their misson...

    we had some good discussions in cary last month about pulling cary out of wake county and forming our own board. watching closely.

  • injameswetrust2003 Jun 3, 2013

    "..No experience as a supt.." - superman

    Kind of like someone who is commander in chief of the armed forces with no military experience (Barack Obama)

  • injameswetrust2003 Jun 3, 2013

    With all due respect to wcpss' requirement of diversity (one woman and one African American in the last 3 candidates) we all know the board will choose the guy who has been drinking the wcpss kool-aid the longest.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 3, 2013

    The really sad part of this mess is, they have three people that should do the right thing and resign and never go near any schools to replace a person that was actually starting to make some needed changes. I won't vote for anything that gives this lousy Government school system another dime.

  • cjw6105 Jun 3, 2013

    I figure about 290K should be what they pay the new sup.

    Money problems? WHAT money problems?

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jun 3, 2013

    "looks like a circus in Irving where Bedden is from."

    Yep, and he's bringing his circus with him to add to our circus. He'll be marched out of the backroom tomorrow and will be the next Super.

    Until the next election.

  • ConservativeVoter Jun 3, 2013

    "The board has narrowed the list to three top candidates: Dana Bedden, superintendent of Irving Independent School District outside Dallas; James Merrill, superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools; and Ann Clark, deputy superintendent of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system."

    Interesting group.

    Bedden has problems with the School Board in Dallas, sounds like a Tata situation. Clark comes from Charlotte-Mecklinburg which the pro-diversity uses as the poster child for all of the things wrong when you keep diversity out of the mix. Merill comes from Virginia Beach. I have friends their who send their kids to private schools to keep them out of the mess that the Virginia Beach public schools are in.

    It's seems that School Superintendents rotate from district to district as their welcome wears out.

  • steelers12 Jun 3, 2013

    looks like a circus in Irving where Bedden is from.

    Dallas Morning News reporter Avi Selk writes about the Irving school district's hiring of a private investigator to looking actions by then-board member and now board president Steven Jones.
    He writes, "Irving ISD has hired a private investigator to question staff, collect documents and look for evidence that school board President Steven Jones tried to undermine Superintendent Dana Bedden.
    Bedden authorized the investigation three days after a split school board censured Jones in early April. In that 4-3 vote, Jones' colleagues accused him of trying to micromanage the district by threatening staffers' jobs, among other charges.
    The district directed a former U.S. Department of Education investigator, Susan Mattison, to "determine whether evidence exists to support" the charges and whether Jones broke board policy or state laws.

  • ConservativeVoter Jun 3, 2013

    The problem with the current liberal group of WCPSS school board members is that they value Socio-Economic (Race) Diversity over everything else including actual student achievement in the classroom.

  • ConservativeVoter Jun 3, 2013

    "cjw6105 I think General Tata salary was up to 250K. No experience as a supt. and wasnt able to obtain Supt's certification from the Dept. of Public Instruction. They wouldnt even hire a teacher without certification. Didnt have a PdD either. He wouldnt have qualified to drive a school bus. I think the new Supt. should have 3 to 5 years experience as a supt, have or be able to obtain Supt's certification from the state and must have a Phd. When we pay 250k cant we find someone who is qualified on paper? - superman"

    Yet, Tata did so much better than the previous two Superintendents who valued Socio-Economic (Race) Diversity over everything else including actual student achievement in the classroom.

    Problem with Superintendents and Educators in North Carolina is that they are considered state employees. When they wear out their welcome in one district they move on to another district allowing them to keep their state pension and benefits.

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