Wake County Schools

Tata assembles student assignment team

Posted March 8, 2011 8:35 p.m. EST
Updated March 9, 2011 6:01 a.m. EST

— Wake County’s school superintendent has temporarily reassigned six members of his staff to devote themselves entirely to implementing the school system’s new student assignment policy.

Tony Tata said in a statement Monday that the team would spend 100 percent of its time working on the plan and considering input from his recent listening tour, as well as the Wake School Choice proposal from the Wake Education Partnership and Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and other proposals.

“We’re going to come up with the best plan that we can that satisfies the board and that satisfies the community,” he said.

James Overman, senior director of Elementary Education, will lead the task force, which also includes Brad McMillen, senior director of Evaluation and Research, David Ansbacher, senior director of Magnet Programs, Tamani Anderson Powell, director of Magnet Programs, Susan Pullium, director of Growth and Planning, and Susan Andrews, senior administrator of Staff Development.

In February, the Board of Education turned over responsibility for developing the student assignment plan to Tata.

He says that once the task force has a core of a plan that the team hopes to begin sharing its work with key community stakeholder groups and to have a plan ready to present to the board by late spring.