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Wake superintendent announcement expected Tuesday

Posted June 18, 2013

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— Wake County residents should learn Tuesday who will become their next superintendent of schools.

The Wake County Board of Education is expected to name the new hire during its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. The appointment is the last item on a long meeting agenda that includes picking names for two high schools in Garner and Cary and discussing whether to continue a program that pays bus drivers a $1,000 bonus for good attendance.

The announcement comes two weeks after the board promised the much-anticipated hire. Sutton had promised that the new superintendent would be present when the board met June 4, but that didn't happen, and Sutton declined to say why.

"We are trying to make sure it's done right," Sutton said at the time "It would be premature until all aspects of the appointment are crystal clear."

The board has narrowed a field of 23 candidates down to three finalists, who have 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.

Whoever will run the school system will face a variety of issues, 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.

Meanwhile, the board named Cathy Moore as the interim superintendent who will take over for Stephen Gainey. Moore, who currently serves as superintendent for School Performance, started Friday and will remain in the post until a permanent superintendent arrives.

WRAL.com will carry the school board work session and regular meeting live, starting at 2:30 p.m.

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  • krimson Jun 19, 10:36 a.m.

    NoTimeForStupidity: "Your children are the losers!!!"

    But you seem to have an awful lot of time to make posts here...

  • bombayrunner Jun 18, 6:42 p.m.

    merril ... specializes in working to get young black males to succeed ... nice, what about everyone else?

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jun 18, 6:05 p.m.

    "Your choice? Vote 'No' on the bond and watch your taxes go up greatly. Vote 'Yes' and see only a minor tax increase."

    I'll vote no then. My guess is the general public will as well. I, we, won't support rogue, liberal ~lack of leadership~ at any cost.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jun 18, 6:03 p.m.

    THIS JUST IN:

    Merrill is the winner!!!

    Your children are the losers!!!

  • westernwake1 Jun 18, 5:01 p.m.

    "All of you who think you're free of tax increases better not forget that there is only one way to vote for this ridiculous board's next school bond and that would be a resounding NO!

    If it passes the average home in Wake will go up $200 plus." - NoTimeForStupidity

    The schools will be built no matter what. Bonds are the most cost effective way to finance large scale capital improvement projects. If the bond does not pass your taxes will go up 2x or 3x or $200 to 'fund as you go'.

    Your choice? Vote 'No' on the bond and watch your taxes go up greatly. Vote 'Yes' and see only a minor tax increase.

  • westernwake1 Jun 18, 4:58 p.m.

    The state legislature is changing the school board election districts and placing them on an even year calendar in order to increase turnout. This change is certainly going to send most of the current Democratic majority school board packing.

    Due to this, whoever is selected as the next superintendent will certainly be out of the job in about 18 months.

    I expect this is why it is taking so long to finalize the contract. Anyone would be a fool to take the job without demanding a minimum of two years severance pay in the contract.

  • Mommyoftwo Jun 18, 4:57 p.m.

    jnc67 - Actually if the Board would require the administration to do their jobs and find cuts WITHIN administration we wouldn't need a bond. The bloat is huge and unnecessary. The Board is fed budgets and provide ZERO ideas or suggestions on how to reduce spending. That should be part of their job as well.

    If we're electing these individuals on the Board; some because of their great business acumen they spew, they should show why we voted them in.

    The bond will fail and for good reason. Force the school system to be accountable for their spending instead of providing blank checks every time they want something.

  • COLT45 Jun 18, 4:53 p.m.

    Wake County School Board - Publicity seeking clowns. Get rid of them.

  • jnc67 Jun 18, 4:46 p.m.

    I understand not wanting to "reward" the current school board; however, saying no to the bond only hurts students and teachers. It effects the school board in no way at all! If you don't like the school board, vote them out. But don't throw out the baby with the bath water.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jun 18, 4:02 p.m.

    All of you who think you're free of tax increases better not forget that there is only one way to vote for this ridiculous board's next school bond and that would be a resounding NO!

    If it passes the average home in Wake will go up $200 plus.

    Then the truth will be that you were lied to!

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