Wake releases details on superintendent candidates visit

khui@newsboserver.comMay 25, 2013 

  • What would you ask?

    Three finalists for Wake County schools superintendent will appear next week at several public schools, a community forum and before the county school board.

    Many questions – on educational philosophy, finances, school construction, assignment and curriculum – will face the people vying to run Wake’s 150,000-student system as a permanent replacement for former superintendent Tony Tata.

    Got a question for the candidates? Let us know by sending an email to education reporter T. Keung Hui at khui@newsobserver.com.

More details are emerging about the itinerary next week for the three educators competing to be named superintendent of the Wake County school system.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the three superintendent finalists will tour schools, meet school district employees, take questions at a community forum and go through another round of private interviews with the school board.

It’s all leading to what could be an official announcement June 4 of who will replace Tony Tata as the next permanent superintendent.

This week, school leaders announced that Dana Bedden, the superintendent of the Irving Independent School District in Texas; Ann Clark, the deputy superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; and James Merrill, the superintendent of Virginia Beach, Va., City Schools are their top choices to lead the state’s largest school system.

On Tuesday morning, the candidates will individually tour different schools. Confirmed stops so far include Farmington Woods Elementary School in Cary, Middle Creek High School in southwest Wake and Millbrook High School in North Raleigh.

School officials say they’re trying to work the visits around the end-of-year testing going on in many schools.

Following the school visits, the finalists will meet at the school system’s headquarters in Cary with various school employees, including the district’s top administrators.

The main chance for the public to meet the candidates will come at a community forum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.

Attendees can submit questions in writing at the forum. School district staff members will select which ones to ask the finalists.

On Wednesday, the school board will interview the candidates in private.

Board members hope to come to a decision that day on which candidate will be offered the job.

After a week of contract negotiations, board members hope to have the official public vote June 4.

Hui: 919-829-4534

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