Wake County Schools

Nearly two dozen seek Wake schools chief job

Posted April 18, 2013

Wake County Public School System

— About two dozen people have applied to become the next Wake County school superintendent.

Board of Education Chairman Keith Sutton said the application period closed Monday, and the board plans to work with its search firm to narrow the field to six candidates by early May. Those people would be brought in for interviews before three finalists are selected, and officials said parents, teachers and others will have a chance to provide input for the ultimate selection.

Sutton said the board hopes to have a new superintendent on the job by July.

Superintendent Tony Tata was fired last September, and Interim Superintendent Stephen Gainey plans to leave Wake County this summer to take the top job in Randolph County Schools.


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  • me2you Apr 25, 2013

    Who wouldn't want it? You get to be a puppet to the School Board for several months, then get fired with a $250,000 bonus on your way out of the door. Pretty good deal.

  • ICTrue Apr 19, 2013

    "for the life of me i'm not sure why anyone would want this job in this county..." ProzacDispenser

    Don't fool yourself. There is a long line waiting to pull up and feed from the government trough. Affirmative action usually prevails, qualifications rarely count for anything.

  • caryzoo Apr 19, 2013

    The current school board, is not worthy of a "hello" from anyone. Their views do not reflect the ever changing diversity and ever changing population growth of our county. They are OLD school, OLD school does not and never will work here. Many people moved here not just for jobs, but the educational system. Many people I know have, or are going to, move back north for a school system that actually CARES about education. This one does not. Kiss about 30% of your tax base good-bye. Have fun with what is left.

  • superman Apr 19, 2013

    Dont you think Tata knew what he was getting into. Doesnt he read the paper or have a computer and internet connection? He surely knew about the board and what they did to Burns.

  • superman Apr 19, 2013

    whatelseisnew Yep making a lot of progress but he couldnt even manage the school bus routes. He had NO experience. Shouldnt have been hired. Supt. should have 3 to 5 experience as a Supt. Paid him 250k and he was no more qualified than hundreds of ex military. When Dr. Burns resigned the board immediately went into executive session and put him on administrative leave with pay. The lefties did this to Dr. Burns. So the board was kinda done it twice.

  • westernwake1 Apr 19, 2013

    I offer this as proof that there is at least two dozen educational job seekers who are completely nuts.

  • LuvLivingInCary Apr 19, 2013

    for the life of me i'm not sure why anyone would want this job in this county...

  • Honesty first Apr 18, 2013

    Tata was supposed to be an expert in transportation and he could not even handle the transportation of one districts students. Qualified is not a term I would use to talk about Tata.

  • rlgriffin2 Apr 18, 2013

    They can have the one from Nash-Rocky Mount

  • whatelseisnew Apr 18, 2013

    Yeah thanks school board. You had a Superintendent that was finally making some progress, but since he was not hired by the lefties, he had to go. Lefties should never ever be on school boards.