Wake's Hargens out of running for New Hanover job

Wake County schools' interim chief, Donna Hargens, is out of the running for a superintendent job in New Hanover County.

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WILMINGTON, N.C. — Wake County's interim school superintendent is out of the running to head up New Hanover County Schools.

Donna Hargens was one of three final candidates being considered for the position, but Wake County Public School System spokesman Michael Evans said Wednesday that the school board there chose another candidate.

Hargens, who is currently the school district's chief academic officer, took over oversight of daily operations for Wake County schools in March, after outgoing Superintendent Del Burns was placed on administrative leave for controversial remarks he made about the school board.

She'll continue to serve as interim superintendent until the Board of Education finds Burns' replacement, Evans said. Hargens hasn't indicated whether she is interested in the job permanently.

New Hanover County Schools spokeswoman Valita Quattlebaum said the local school board there unanimously chose Tim Markley, superintendent of Catawba County Schools, for a four-year contract.



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