Wake County Schools

Wake schools delays naming new superintendent

Posted June 4, 2013

— The Wake County Board of Education did not announce its next superintendent Tuesday evening, as previously expected.

"Our goal was to make the announcement tonight, and we simply did not meet that goal," school board Chairman Keith Sutton told WRAL News Tuesday afternoon.

He declined to say why, adding only that "we are trying to make sure it's done right."

A news release issued by the school system said an announcement would be made in "the near future" and quoted Sutton as saying "it would be premature until all aspects of the appointment are crystal clear."

Meanwhile, the board named Cathy Moore as the interim superintendent who will take over for Stephen Gainey.

Gainey has been serving as interim but is leaving to start his new job running Randolph County schools on July 1.

Moore, who currently serves as superintendent for School Performance, will start June 14 and remain in the post until a permanent superintendent arrives.

Last week, the school board narrowed a field of 23 candidates down to three finalists, who interviewed, toured schools, met with staff and took part in a community forum.

The candidates are Dana Bedden, superintendent of Irving Independent School District outside Dallas; James Merrill, superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools; and Ann Clark, deputy superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Sutton said none of the candidates has dropped out.

Whoever will run the school system will face a variety of issues from Day One, including helping build public support for an $810 million school construction bond referendum this fall and dealing with state legislation that’s expected to turn construction authority over to the Wake County Board of Commissioners.


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  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Jun 6, 2013

    Moore should be the permanent superintendent. She is magnificent!

  • superman Jun 5, 2013

    ConservativeVoter Dont forget what they did to Dr. Burns. At least Tata knew what he was getting into and did it anyway. A person who have to be out of work and desperate to even apply.

  • rroadrunner99 Jun 5, 2013

    With all that goes on with the school board,it's a wonder they can find anyone anywhere that wants the job at any price!

  • ConservativeVoter Jun 5, 2013

    After what happened to TATA, it's going to be difficult to find a qualified individual who's willing to deal with the mess that the WCPSS has become.

  • ConservativeVoter Jun 5, 2013

    The school board needs to wake up and realize their one and only job is the educating of our children.

    There job is not to attempt fix societies ills through social engineering programs including the failed socio-economic diversity (race) based busing programs.

  • Deb1003 Jun 5, 2013

    So glad my children are now out of the Wake Co Public School System. Sounds like it will all be downhill from here. Nobody can agree, or compromise on what is best for the children.

  • MadMaxx Jun 5, 2013


    looks like an Obama cabinet member instead of a school supt.

  • westernwake1 Jun 4, 2013

    "Cathy Moore will serve as Wake County schools interim superintendent, starting June 14 until a permanent replacement arrives."

    I take it they can't find anyone to take the job or finalize on a candidate.

    More complete fail!

  • superman Jun 4, 2013

    Anyone who has a job now would be very foolish to take this one. You would have to be unemployed and desperate.

  • Bartmeister Jun 4, 2013

    Well Jim that's Cathy Moore and she's gonna take the helm for the interim.