Former Wake County superintendent finalist hired by Virginia school system

Posted by T. Keung Hui on January 20, 2014 

In a case of what might have been, a former finalist for Wake County Schools Superintendent has found a new job.

Dana Bedden was hired last month to be the superintendent of Richmond Public Schools in Virginia, a district of around 24,000 students. Bedden and Ann Clark, chief academic officer of Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, were among the three finalists when the Wake school board voted in June to make Jim Merrill the new superintendent.

Bedden had been looking for a new job since he resigned in July as superintendent of the Irving Independent School District in Texas. He had been on the outs with the new school board majority in Irving.

One of the issues that kept Bedden from getting the Wake job was his lack of experience leading large school systems. Wake has 153,000 students.

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