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Wake, Durham School Heads Bid Farewell

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RALEIGH, N.C. — There's been a changing of the guard at two area school systems.

In Wake County, Superintendent Bill McNeal is retiring Friday after six years on the job. Under McNeal's leadership, Wake County test scores rose.

McNeal was even honored as National Superintendent of the Year. He'll take over as executive director of the North Carolina Association of Educators this summer.

Deputy Superintendent Del Burns will take over as Superintendent. Saturday is his first official day on the job.

Durham also has a new superintendent. Carl Harris is taking over for Ann Denlinger.

Denlinger's nearly nine years as superintendent was marked by controversy. A lot of the pressure came in public debates at Durham School Board Meetings.

Under Denlinger's leadership, she had two all time highs: SAT scores and third-graders who passed reading tests.