Wake County Schools

Wake schools administrator in charge of busing, facilities to resign

Posted September 17, 2012
Updated September 18, 2012

— The Wake County Public School System administrator who oversees the district's transportation and facilities departments announced Monday that he plans to resign Dec. 31.

Until then, Don Haydon, the school system's chief facilities and operations officer, will be on paid leave, effective Tuesday, according to school system spokeswoman Cris Mulder.

Haydon has been with the school system since 2002.

Mulder said that Haydon has agreed to assist the school system in its efforts to find a replacement.

It's unclear why Haydon is stepping down. The school system gave no reason, and school board members said they were surprised by the decision.

School board Chairman Kevin Hill called Haydon a "very good administrator" who was put up against a huge obstacle this year with the implementation of a new student assignment plan.

Board member Keith Sutton called Haydon a "consummate professional," and John Tedesco said that, although he wasn't certain, that he felt perhaps Haydon just wanted to move on.

"I am saddened," Sutton said. "I respect him a great deal. I think he is exceedingly knowledgeable."

Haydon could not be reached for comment Monday. Wake schools administrator in charge of busing resigns Wake schools administrator in charge of busing resigns

His resignation comes as the school system is looking to change for the second time in as many years how it assigns students to school.

The district is also working to correct problems with its busing schedule, which has affected thousands of students across the district.

Earlier this year, the school board cut the number of buses in service in an effort to cut costs.

But since the start of the traditional-calendar school year last month, parents complained about buses being late or not arriving at stops.

Those complaints led Wake County schools Superintendent Tony Tata to apologize publically to parents.

The district has since also put about three dozen additional buses into service.


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  • fishdaddy2011 Sep 19, 2012

    Mr.Heydon is just another good Officer/Soldier that took one for the team. Maybe the Director of Transportation is next?? Or maybe he should of been first!!

  • superman Sep 19, 2012

    I am sure parents were concerned and angry. But for a moment step back and look at all the issues. It was an impossible task. I dont think anyone could have made all this work. With all the phone calls they didnt even have time to work on the problems. You can only do one thing at a time. Parents tied up the phone lines and no one could even work on the problems. A little patience and understanding from the parents would have gone a long way to solve these problems.

  • soyousay Sep 18, 2012

    How about one bus, one school, one neighborhood...

    Wake county is big, really it is. Define neighborhood and then pony up the taxes

  • Lyle2 Sep 18, 2012

    I was a school facilities administrator on a much smaller scale for 5 years. I am willing to bet that Mr. Haydon looked within himself and just figured he is much better off avoiding the heart attack that would surely claim him.

    Wishing him well in his future endeavors.

  • kermit60 Sep 18, 2012

    The parents of wake county got exactly what they asked for. How can you run an efficient bus route when children of the same age,, grade, living in the same neighborhood, go to multiple different schools prefered by the parents. How about one bus, one school, one neighborhood.

  • superman Sep 18, 2012

    With the number of students, the number of buses and the different school schedules I dont think anyone could have done much different. New students, students reassigned and then they take about 30 buses off routes. This was impending disaster from the start. The school plan was bad from the beginning but they wanted to please parents.

  • GK N.Ral Sep 18, 2012

    Obviously this man was in way over his head. He probably got the job through his political connections. You would think that for the salary they pay that they could get a competent person.

  • warbirdlover Sep 17, 2012

    When I was A kid the Bus stopped right in front of my house and my neighbor's house. One one thing different my closest neighbor lived 1.5 miles away.

  • com_mon_sents Sep 17, 2012

    This school system is beyond broke. I'm not talking about money either. I am referring to the way it is operated, such as busing and all the mess they have thrusted upon the teachers. It is a wonder the kids get any sort of education with all the hurdles they place in front of the teachers, the busing, etc. It is almost like it is on a "self-destructive" path, but within central office.

  • westernwake1 Sep 17, 2012

    "I agree with bgrmom in that it is admirable to want to allow choices in Wake County, it's just not feasible. My son could have walked to his neighborhood school, but it was full by the time we moved to Wake County." - theonlyregina

    If you think the current assignment plan is bad then you should have been here for the previous 30 years under the "diversity policy" - under the diversity policy your home was part of a "node", they would move your node to a new school nearly every single year forcing your child to switch schools. My children changed schools 8 times during their K-12 education under the "diversity policy". This is the problem that caused the old Democratic school board to be forced from office. Parents were sick and fed up.