Low turnout for meeting seeking input on superintendent for Wake schools

Posted July 13, 2010

Wake County Public School System

— Only about a dozen people showed up for a public meeting Tuesday evening to weigh in on the qualities they want in the Wake County Public School System's eighth superintendent.

A meeting was held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the board room of the Wake County Public School System's Central Services Offices, at 3600 Wake Forest Road.

Representatives of search firm Heidrick and Struggles led the meeting.

The district is looking for a replacement for Del Burns, who resigned the position last month after four years in the job and 34 years with the school system.

Donna Hargens, the system's chief academic officer, is serving as interim superintendent. She has not said whether she plans to apply for the job.

A second forum is scheduled for Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon.


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  • josephlawrence43 Jul 14, 2010

    Have to wonder--since Rev. Barbour and the NAACP are so interested in the Wake Co. Schools, how many of their representatives were at the meeting???

  • venitapeyton Jul 14, 2010

    I hope someone will ask future speakers to define "we". Someone else's "we" may include only their closest friends and associates. That's why I seriously doubt that the NEA also speaks for school support staff, like cafeteria workers and bus drivers, until they need larger numbers. Who speaks for the minorities (different opinion) folks in these instances?

  • Not_So_Dumb Jul 14, 2010

    Iron fist, I don't know about that. I knew that I was never going to actually be considered by the previous board no matter how convincing the arguments, but that never stopped me from speaking out. I wasn't just speaking to them; I was speaking to the public as well.

  • iron fist Jul 14, 2010

    no so dumb maybe the people learned their lesson they voted this group in and now no one can control them. I am glad my children are no longer in the public school system. I do feel for my future grandchildren.

  • Not_So_Dumb Jul 14, 2010

    iron fist - the same was true in previous years and that didn't stop people from voice their opinions. The current board came about because of the efforts of such people.

  • iron fist Jul 14, 2010

    This board will do what they want and most citizens in Wake county know it, wasting time to give their ideas

  • Not_So_Dumb Jul 14, 2010

    So for all the negative attention given to this board, only 12 people bother to show up and tell them what they think the next superintendent should be like?

    I am OK with the direction of the new board, so I don't feel like I need to speak up. Sounds like there is actually very little opposition here, unlike in previous years where crowds would show up on the one or two times a year the board would actually make the effort to fake public discourse.

  • edith wharton Jul 14, 2010

    I didn't feel the need to go to the meeting in person. My childrens' school asked all parents to send input to the PTA and the PTA representative was to present the information to the school board.

    I'm not sure giving them our input will make any difference, no matter what form it takes. This board has decided on the course it wants and has refused to listen to anyone else. I am sure they will take our $82,000 and find the Yes Man they are looking for. Our children are the ones who will suffer from their arrogance.

  • Tawny Jul 14, 2010

    Teacher 56, I couldn't agree with you more! In looking at the research involving some of our countries larger urgan areas who hired someone without educational experience, it was noted there were many challenges, contentions, etc. to accomplish that particular system's educational objectives. The only success was the Seattle district. Their leader was hired from within. Although he had no educational experience, (he was the county's financial officer), he had forged relationships with many of those in that administration. Cooperation and relationship building is the key to a successful school system. I would hope the current school board members have done their homework regarding this matter.

  • itsanewday Jul 14, 2010

    I'm suprised that even 12 people showed up. What a waste of money to hire an out of state firm to search for such a position. I feel terrible for former super. Burns. I doubt we would even get much interest anyway esp once the applicant does his/her research and realize the board's track record here recently. Why bother anyway. Because of the new board in place, it doesn't matter anyone's opinion because it will be struck down anyway!