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Panel will seek Del Burns' replacement

Posted April 26, 2010
Updated May 19, 2010

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— Wake County school board Chairman Ron Margiotta announced Monday who will serve on a committee to finding the school system's next superintendent.

Board members Debra Goldman, Chris Malone, Carolyn Morrison and Deborah Prickett will be charged with finding outgoing Superintendent Del Burns' replacement.

Goldman, the school board's vice-chairwoman, will head the committee.

"I have great confidence in the wide-ranging talents of this committee," Margiotta said in a statement.

"Debra Goldman has human resource experience. Chris Malone is experienced in the business world, and Deborah Prickett and Carolyn Morrison have many years of experience as educators."

Burns announced in February his decision to resign June 30, and he was later placed on administrative leave after he publicly accused some board members of "political partisan gamesmanship" when it comes to educating students.

Donna Hargens, the system's chief academic officer, is serving as interim superintendent.

Goldman, Malone and Prickett are part of a new school board majority that supports community-based schools and ending the school system's decade-old diversity policy, in which students are assigned to schools to help achieve socio-economic diversity among student populations.

Several board members have indicated a desire to conduct a nationwide search for Burns' replacement.

The state Department of Public Instruction sets minimum requirements for superintendents.

Candidates must have a valid standard professional license, have worked a minimum of one year (or the equivalent) as a principal, have a graduate degree in school administration and meet required scores on the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Assessment test.

As an alternative, candidates can have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and five years leadership or managerial experience considered relevant by the local board of education.

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  • Remy Apr 27, 2010

    Good luck to the board. Who in thier right mind would be willing to step into this mess?

  • blackdog Apr 26, 2010

    Morrison will be a lost voice and vote. This direction is crystal.

  • geosol Apr 26, 2010

    This one should also be easy for our little right wing activists on the Wake school board; just have them appoint Art Pope as super. After all, he paid for them.