Wake schools to name new superintendent Tuesday

Posted May 30, 2013
Updated June 3, 2013

— The Wake County Board of Education will name the next leader for the state's largest school district next Tuesday. The board has scheduled a work session at 3:30 p.m. and a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. that afternoon.

It is not clear whether the new superintendent will be present at the meeting.

The three finalists for the job – 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 the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system – made their case to the public on Tuesday evening in Raleigh. The board had final interviews on Wednesday.

Citing the need to give notice to the current employer, school board chairman Keith Sutton said he wants the new superintendent to start by August. He said he expects the board to name an acting superintendent next week to replace interim Superintendent Stephen Gainey, who starts his new job running the Randolph County school system on July 1.

The new superintendent will face a variety of issues from Day One, including helping build public support for an $810 million school construction bond referendum this fall, while dealing with state legislation that’s expected to turn construction authority over to the board of commissioners.

Other issues on the system’s agenda include dealing with potential state budget cuts and developing a new student assignment plan that includes diversity as a factor.


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  • heisenberg May 31, 2013

    He better be prepared to be a lapdog for the board, else if he has any original thoughts of his own he will be out.

  • Nope May 30, 2013

    It will be James Merrill. So I've heard from insiders.

  • 37 May 30, 2013

    Looks like a certain Texan needs to get his mail forwarded.

  • Not_So_Dumb May 30, 2013

    "No more bond money. Make every school year round and use what you have before you ask for more. "

    Except that, in spite of what common sense may tell you, year round schools often don't save you any money. Until they operate at 121% of traditional capacity, they lose money. That target has proven very difficult for WCPSS to hit consistently.

    My guess is that no one on their top ten list would even return a phone call after the way they treated Tata.

  • superman May 30, 2013

    No more bond money. Make every school year round and use what you have before you ask for more. Please select someone who is qualified this time. Three to five years experience as a Supt., have a PhD and be able to obtain certification from the Dept of Education as a Supt. An "X' army general with no experience as a Supt. was a poor choice. He couldnt even obtain certification as a supt from the state. They dont hire teachers without proper certification but then they hire someone to lead the system--pay them $250K and couldnt even handle busing.

  • stymieindurham May 30, 2013

    Why don't they just elect "Big Bird".

  • WralCensorsAreBias May 30, 2013

    Which ever fill-in this board picks will be short lived. Once the majority shifts power again at the next election, and it will after the charades of this board, who ever they hire will be fired and replaced. It's the Wake County way.

    I agree about the bond, no way is the public going to support it or these clowns.

  • markjb33 May 30, 2013

    The Bond will not be something they should worry about too much. More so they should focus on improving what they have.
    I for one will loudly be exclaining to vote NO to any bond

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah May 30, 2013

    Testerintendent is more like it since that is all they care about!