Wake to vote on new schools superintendent Tuesday

From staff reportsJune 14, 2013 

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Finalists for Wake County School Superintendent, from left, Dana Bedden, Ann B. Clark and James G. Merrill field questions from the public during a forum on Tuesday May 28, 2013 at Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh, N.C.

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— The Wake County school board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on hiring a new superintendent to lead the state’s largest school system.

The inclusion of the superintendent vote to Tuesday’s agenda follows a meeting board members held behind closed doors Thursday night. Board members haven’t said if they’re hiring Dana Bedden, the superintendent of the Irving Independent School District in Texas; Ann Clark, the deputy superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools or James Merrill, the superintendent of Virginia Beach, Va., City Schools.

The board had scheduled a vote on June 4, but pulled it off the agenda at the last minute.

According to former Wake school board chairman Ron Margiotta, the board had agreed in a 5-4 vote last month to offer a contract to Merrill with Clark as the runner-up. But Margiotta, who has spoken with people familiar with the search, said the deal has been stalled because of Merrill’s compensation demands

Margiotta said the board was planning to discuss Thursday whether to still hire Merrill or to begin negotiating with one of the other finalists.

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

Last week, the board appointed Deputy Superintendent Cathy Moore to serve as interim superintendent. She took over for Stephen Gainey, who had held the job since September. Gainey is leaving July 1 to become superintendent of Randolph County schools.

Tuesday’s regular board meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at the district’s headquarters on 5625 Dillard Drive in Cary.

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