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New Wake superintendent could be named next week

Posted June 10, 2013

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— The name of the new superintendent for the Wake County Public School System will not be revealed this week, school board Chairman Keith Sutton said Monday.

He said school board members are still working through the process and hope to announce their new hire by early next week.

With graduations and the end of the school year, it’s been difficult for all the board members to find time to sit down together, Sutton said. The board is scheduled to meet in closed session Thursday to discuss personnel matters, but Sutton emphasized that there will be no announcement Thursday.

The much-anticipated announcement was expected during the board’s regular meeting last week, but members delayed it saying they needed more time to make the appointment. Instead, Cathy Moore was named interim superintendent, taking over for Stephen Gainey.

Gainey has been serving as interim but is leaving to start his new job running Randolph County schools on July 1.

The permanent job to replace former Superintendent Tony Tata, who was fired earlier this year, is down to three finalists who were selected from a field of 23 candidates.

The finalists are 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 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Sutton said last week that none of the candidates had dropped out.

Whoever will run the school system will face a variety of issues, including helping build public support for an $810 million school construction bond referendum this fall and dealing with state legislation that’s expected to turn construction authority over to the Wake County Board of Commissioners.
 

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  • krimson Jun 13, 12:56 p.m.

    "People of NC, you are letting elected politicians dictate your children's education, these people can not even play in the sand box together"

    Funny, I was saying the same thing about the Wake School District realignment...

  • pappybigtuna1 Jun 12, 3:11 p.m.

    don't do it, how much is it going to cost us to dump him/her

    People of NC, you are letting elected politicians to dictate your children's education, these people can not even play in the sand box together

  • krimson Jun 12, 2:52 p.m.

    Another media outlet is saying Merrill...

  • whatelseisnew Jun 12, 2:40 p.m.

    "This is a temp job. They are employed as long as Democrats control the school board. When that changes, they are history."

    Not necessarily the Case. Burns was not fired. He quit.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 12, 2:38 p.m.

    "I vote for "Superintendent This Week", because then they wouldn't have to change the nameplate on the door every election."

    Had the racist Burns not quit, he would still be in the position. The Reps did not fire him and certainly the clowns that now control the majority of the school board would not fire him. They like choosing who gets bus seats based on skin color as Burns did.

  • beaupeep Jun 11, 4:08 p.m.

    So, is the delay because they can't come up with a good name? First they were going to name him "Tuesday", But I guess Superintendent Tuesday was too hard to say.

    "Superintendent Next Week" seems a little wordy.

    I vote for "Superintendent This Week", because then they wouldn't have to change the nameplate on the door every election.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Jun 11, 4:05 p.m.

    The other two have to know that if they are not negotiating now, then they are not first choice.

  • tayled Jun 11, 10:52 a.m.

    Bad grammar strikes again. Last week they were going to name the Superintendant Tuesday, now it's Next Week.

  • ripetomatoes Jun 11, 10:43 a.m.

    New Wake superintendent could be named next week

    Isn't that the same thing we read last week?

  • Wendellcatlover Jun 11, 9:14 a.m.

    LOVE IT Beaupeep!!!!

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