Wake's Hargens out of running for New Hanover job

Posted July 28, 2010

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— Wake County's interim school superintendent is out of the running to head up New Hanover County Schools.

Donna Hargens was one of three final candidates being considered for the position, but Wake County Public School System spokesman Michael Evans said Wednesday that the school board there chose another candidate.

Hargens, who is currently the school district's chief academic officer, took over oversight of daily operations for Wake County schools in March, after outgoing Superintendent Del Burns was placed on administrative leave for controversial remarks he made about the school board.

She'll continue to serve as interim superintendent until the Board of Education finds Burns' replacement, Evans said. Hargens hasn't indicated whether she is interested in the job permanently.

New Hanover County Schools spokeswoman Valita Quattlebaum said the local school board there unanimously chose Tim Markley, superintendent of Catawba County Schools, for a four-year contract.


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  • geosol Jul 28, 2010

    Sorry, but anything associated with the current circus caused by the little right wing activists is tainted.

  • Remy Jul 28, 2010

    "She needs to get on one side of the fence or the other. "

    Maybe she is smart enough to realize there are good points to both sides, and like many of us, think there could be benefits to trying something new. The fab 5 are already changing their tune after yesterday's meeting.

  • superman Jul 28, 2010

    She absolutely cant stay. She supported the old policy and now she wants to turn around and support the neighborhood policy. She needs to get on one side of the fence or the other. No one wants a person on their staff that just licks her finger and decides what direction and what policy to follow. I dont support neighborhood schools but all those people at the county office that were hired and followed the old policy need to GO. The old policy and the new policy are just too different to have the total support from the old staff hired by Dr. Burns. He must have handpicked her for her position.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jul 28, 2010

    "Why are there so many clueless people on this message board? Oh that's right, the only requirement is an email address. - My5cents"

    Glad your e-mail allowed you to join the other clueless people on this forum.

  • injameswetrust2003 Jul 28, 2010

    "What a shame for this faithful employee." That may be but it is time to clean house of the Del Burns proteg├ęs. Kevin Hill, Dr. Meeker, please follow her out the door.

  • My5cents Jul 28, 2010

    If you people know so much then why don't you get offline and go save the world instead of complaining about it.

  • My5cents Jul 28, 2010

    Why are there so many clueless people on this message board? Oh that's right, the only requirement is an email address.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Jul 28, 2010

    "Were they a rent a mob???"

    Yes, they were!

    "del didnt creat a mess it was ran fine"

    WOW! Do YOU know anything about the school system he ran into the ground, along with his side kick UpChuky D., apparently not.

  • BigfootBeliever Jul 28, 2010

    Hey WRAL, where is the quote from Rev. Barber on this matter? He has been elevated to the up most authority on all things related to Wake County education. Can't believe he was not given an opportunity to speak. You guys are racist.

  • Suasponte Jul 28, 2010


    Now, now. At least his vocabulary is "diverse". LOL