Burns named Edgecombe interim superintendent

Posted August 24, 2011
Updated August 25, 2011

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— Former Wake County schools Superintendent Del Burns has been named the interim superintendent for Edgecombe County schools, the school system announced Wednesday. 

The Edgecombe County Board of Education said Burns will start Oct. 1. He takes over from Superintendent Wayne Talley who announced his resignation on Aug. 1.

Burns led the Wake County school system for four years. He resigned when the school board moved from a diversity-based student assignment plan to a community-based model.

“We are extremely pleased to have such a seasoned and respected educational leader in  Edgecombe County to help advise and work with this board to assure a smooth transition for our employees while providing the students in our county the best education possible,” board Chairwoman Ann Kent said in a statement. 

Burns also served as the interim superintendent last year for the Alamance-Burlington School System.


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  • Shamrock Aug 29, 2011

    "Its funny how few comments on this. I guess thats because almost nobody has anything nice to say about Burns, a WRAL pet."

    Quite the opposite. You know everyone is only here to criticize so no comments obviously means no one has bad things to say!

  • tammz Aug 26, 2011

    I hope Burns just offers the Edgecombe County school system some improvement over the yucky mess we've had for the last 11 years my kids have been in this school system. I'm guessing Wake County has to be scores ahead of Edgecombe in all aspects.

  • jeffingarner Aug 25, 2011

    Hats off to Dr. Burns! Can't wait to see what his diversity policy looks like in Edgecombe County. Will it incluse busing? If so, whom??

  • Daria Aug 25, 2011

    I am glad for Dr. Burns. He behaved in a respectful, professional manner when he disagreed with the new vision for the county. It is great that other counties appreciate his experience.

  • UNCfuturealumi Aug 25, 2011

    He should have remained in Ala Co...we now have a woman...

  • OGE Aug 25, 2011

    Well at least Burns is someone elses problem now. Thank god for "Tedesco and the fun bunch" who I helped elect.

    We forgive you...hopefully you can get it right the next go round.

  • ICTrue Aug 25, 2011

    "Good for him...I'm sure Tedesco and the fun bunch thought he'd be black listed or something." OGE

    Well at least Burns is someone elses problem now. Thank god for "Tedesco and the fun bunch" who I helped elect.

  • moppie Aug 25, 2011

    To Suziecubbear: For the record, I have been working in education since I graduated from college in 1997. My mother was also an educator in a public elementary school for over 30 years. My grandmother, while helping to run the family farm, also taught all of their field hands basic reading and math skills. It's good to note this was in the 30's and 40's when it was nearly unheard of for a white female to manage, train and educate over 150 black field hands, mostly men. All of this was accomplished in rural eastern NC. So yes, I do know what it's like in the public school system. Even if you don't like my negative comment, everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  • suziecubbear Aug 25, 2011

    I don't see Superintendent Burns acting like a 3-year old. I see a well-respected educator who tried to share his concerns with the school board. It always seems to be the people who have NO idea what it's like to work in the public school system making the most negative comments. I wish Mr. Burns the best.

  • superman Aug 25, 2011

    The supt should always advise the board of impending doom. He disagreed with the board and told them. It was the school board that acted like a 3 year old and they still continue to act that way. The board wasted 3 million when they changed the location of a new high school. They lost a 30 million federal grant. So far the board has only cost the taxpayers 33 million. When they do implement neighborhood schools-- they may lost other grants. So it aint over until the fat lady in Washington sings. The board was sending text messages to each other during board meetings. It certainly appears that Mr. Burns has the respect of other school systems. At least he has an education background and degree. The Wake Supt does not even hold a supts certication.