Wake County Schools

Wake school board wants 'consensus builder' for new superintendent

Posted March 6, 2013

Wake County Public School System

— The Wake County Board of Education moved forward Wednesday with their search for a new superintendent to lead North Carolina's largest school district, nearly six months after they ousted Tony Tata.

Led by Omaha, Neb.-based search firm McPherson & Jacobson, LLC, board members outlined their desired criteria for superintendent candidates, including experience leading a large, urban school district, strong communication skills and the ability to recruit and retain quality staff.

They also said they wanted the next superintendent to be an educator and a consensus builder who can work with a divided board.

The board hopes to select two or three finalists by May 8. 

Board members also weighed whether to make the final round of the selection process open to the public, releasing finalists' names and inviting the community to public forums to meet the candidates.

Chairman Keith Sutton said openness and transparency would foster a sense of trust among parents and community members, but other board members questioned whether releasing finalists' names would be a deterrent to good candidates who currently hold superintendent positions in other school districts.

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  • westernwake1 Mar 8, 11:43 a.m.

    "I hope that non-partisan members get elected to the school board who focus on what is best for our children rather than the standard left wing and right wing politics." -WesternWake1

    'we can always dream right' - mmtlash

    Sadly this seems to be nothing but a dream. (sigh)

  • mmtlash Mar 7, 6:26 p.m.

    "I hope that non-partisan members get elected to the school board who focus on what is best for our children rather than the standard left wing and right wing politics." -WesternWake1

    we can always dream right

  • Honesty first Mar 7, 3:35 p.m.

    All I really want is Tedesco gone. Maybe I should say that all taxpayers in Wake County want him gone and follow the lead from prior posts. People should speak for themselves and not try to be the voice of others. Oh and I pay plenty of taxes on Wake County.

  • NoMoreOfThat Mar 7, 2:28 p.m.

    You know what the Wake County tax payers want? All of them removed from office. Until then they get nothing from us.

  • cjw6105 Mar 7, 1:00 p.m.

    Make that Dr. John Gilbert, not Dr. Charles Gilbert.

  • cjw6105 Mar 7, 12:58 p.m.

    Consensus builder?

    Do they mean like Bill McNeal, Del Burns, Walter Marks, John Murphy, Dr. Charles Holland, Patti Head, Carol Parker, Susan Parry, Wray Stephens, Dr. Charles Gilbert, or the present Democrat members of the Wake School Board?

    And of course, when the next progressive, politically correct Wake Superintendent is selected, be sure he/she gets at least $25K more than Burns or McNeal got, plus all the expected "pittances" that include a 25% deferred bonus of his base salary for his final four years if the new person stays long enough.

    Money shortage and teacher layoffs? In Wake County? Get real.

  • westernwake1 Mar 7, 12:57 p.m.

    "Hope the board goes republican in the near future..." - karbattle1

    I hope that non-partisan members get elected to the school board who focus on what is best for our children rather than the standard left wing and right wing politics.

  • madntad Mar 7, 12:55 p.m.

    TATA WAS THAT MAN.....WCPSS AND ITS BOARD ARE FOOLS!!! AND ACTED LIKE SPOILED KIDS WHEN GETTING RID OF TATA!

  • goldenosprey Mar 7, 12:40 p.m.

    "Hope the board goes republican in the near future..."

    Haven't we suffered enough?

  • karbattle1 Mar 7, 12:35 p.m.

    Hope the board goes republican in the near future...

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