Wake may hire school superintendent next week

khui@newsobserver.comJune 10, 2013 

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Dana Bedden, from left, Ann Clark and James Merrill field questions during a public forum in Raleigh. They visited schools earlier Tuesday.

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The announcement of the person who will be hired to become the next Wake County schools superintendent should occur next week, according to school board chairman Keith Sutton.

The school board will hold a special meeting behind closed doors Thursday night to discuss whom to hire. Sutton said the board won’t make an announcement that night, but added that he’s expecting enough progress to be made to allow a vote next week.

“It’s looking like we’ll bring this to a close by the end of next week,” Sutton said Monday.

The board had been scheduled to hire a superintendent last week but an agenda item on the choice was pulled from Tuesday’s meeting. Sutton said that the parties weren’t able to resolve all the details by the time of that meeting.

Last Tuesday, Sutton said that he hoped to make an announcement within a week. But he said that scheduling conflicts for board members, including some who had children graduating this week, delayed the process.

The three finalists are: Dana Bedden, superintendent of the Irving Independent School District in Texas; Ann Clark, deputy superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; and James Merrill, superintendent of Virginia Beach, Va., City Schools.

Sutton reiterated Monday that none of the finalists have withdrawn from consideration. The board is hoping the new superintendent can start working with the Wake schools in August.

Wake has been looking for a permanent superintendent since Tony Tata was fired in September. Tata is now state secretary of transportation.

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