Wake school board to announce superintendent finalists Tuesday

khui@newsobserver.comMay 16, 2013 

The finalists for the position of Wake County schools superintendent will be announced on Tuesday, according to school board chairman Keith Sutton.

Sutton said Thursday that the interviews this week with the four semi-finalists, who haven’t been identified, went well. Sutton said they will publicly identify two or three finalists at Tuesday’s board meeting as a prelude to those candidates’ coming back to Wake County later this month to meet the public before the final vote. The vote is expected by the first week of June.

Sutton said the remaining candidates are all veteran educators serving in leadership positions in their respective school districts, ranging in size from 30,000 students to enrollments close to Wake’s size of 150,000 students.

“We would be happy to have any of them,” Sutton said Thursday.

The school board has been looking to hire an educator since former Superintendent Tony Tata was fired in September. Tata is a retired U.S. Army general who is now serving as Gov. Pat McCrory’s secretary of transportation.

The new superintendent will be in charge of leading the nation’s 16th-largest school system and the largest in North Carolina.

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.

Hui: 919-829-4534

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