CARY — The Wake County school board picked four semi-finalists Wednesday to be considered for the job of superintendent of the state’s largest school system.
The board met behind closed doors for three hours, narrowing the field of 23 applicants to the semi-finalists who will be interviewed next week. The names of the semi-finalists are being kept secret, but school board Chairman Keith Sutton said they’re all veteran educators who are currently serving in leadership positions in their respective school districts, ranging in size from 30,000 students to close to Wake’s size of 150,000 students.
“They’re all highly qualified, very capable of running the district,” Sutton said. “They stood out above the rest.”
The semi-finalists were from a field of seven applicants recommended by the board’s search firm, McPherson & Jacobson.
Board members hope to narrow the list in the next few weeks to two or three finalists. The finalists, who will be publicly identified, will come to Wake County to meet the public and go through more interviews with the board at the end of the month.
Sutton said the final vote could take place by early June.
The new superintendent will be in charge of leading the nation’s 16th-largest school system.
The board is hoping to fill the position soon because interim Superintendent Stephen Gainey will become superintendent of the Randolph County school system July 1. Gainey has been in charge since the board’s Democratic majority fired Tony Tata, a retired U.S. Army general and now state secretary of transportation, in September.