Hargens eyed for another superintendent job

Posted July 19, 2010

— Wake County's interim school superintendent is in the running to head up another school system.

Valita Quattlebaum, a spokeswoman for New Hanover County Schools, said Monday that Donna Hargens is one of three final candidates being considered for the superintendent position there.

Hargens has been overseeing daily operations for the Wake County Public School System since March, when former Superintendent Del Burns was placed on administrative leave.

The Wake school system is in the middle of its own search for Burns' permanent replacement, and it recently hired an international firm to conduct a nationwide search.

Hargens, who is currently the school district's chief academic officer, hasn't indicated whether she is interested in the job permanently.

She started in Wake County in 1989 as an assistant principal at Millbrook High School. She took over as chief academic officer in 2006.


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  • blackdog Jul 19, 2010

    Soon, some will say, privitization is the answer. But, it is not. Buisness and education are two completely different objectives. Hargens is an education specialist of a high degree. Her efficiency as an administrator is valuable. New Hanover would be well rewarded hiring her. And Donna....could enjoy her job and life.

  • Not_So_Dumb Jul 19, 2010

    "So the thing to do was to get rid of everyone in the administration over a policy that is decided by the board?"-tgiv

    How is the superintendent saying he is going to have trouble doing his job and the interim superintendent finding another position in anyway reflective of getting rid of everyone? Those were employee choices.

  • tgiv Jul 19, 2010

    So the thing to do was to get rid of everyone in the administration over a policy that is decided by the board? Makes perfect sense. The shuffle of outside leadership every 4-5 years has been crippling for other large districts. I'm sure a Man of Steel can tell us where that has worked to create a long term effective education system.

  • spedteacher Jul 19, 2010

    Superman...Are you bashing her just because she worked under Del? And because she chose to try and help maintain some kind of transition between him and what ever "yes" person the new school board hires??? I guess you would have gotten rid of every senior administrator when the board chose to get rid of Del Burns....and then it would have been chaos??? I don't blame her- if the new school board wasn't so busy trying to rule the world to bother messing with the teachers, I would be looking for another county to go work for myself!!! Good Luck Dr. Hargans!!!

  • teacher56 Jul 19, 2010

    Good luck Ms. Hargens, other people will be following you out of WCPSS. New Hanover will get a great leader with her experience.

  • blackdog Jul 19, 2010

    I can't blame Donna Hargens for looking at another district to work in. I would also.

  • c2sides Jul 19, 2010

    What exactly did she do to change her spots? Keep her job? She was not the one fired (or whatever) and the WonderBoard did not clean house.

    Actually, she put her resume out on the market and looked for another. New Hanover gets a capable administrator if they indeed choose her.

  • injameswetrust2003 Jul 19, 2010

    Best of luck, Ms. Hargens.