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County won’t buy YWCA property

Wake County will not buy the former YWCA property on East Hargett Street under a deal proposed in November, though county commissioners said last week that they would consider making the purchase later under different terms.

The board of commissioners had decided it wanted to buy the nearly 3-acre tract and the building the YWCA occupied before failing finances forced it to close abruptly last year. The county had planned to buy the property for $1 million and hold it as a possible site for a future school in an area on the east side of downtown Raleigh where sizable tracts of land are hard to find.

But after the deal was proposed, county and city of Raleigh staff discovered title issues with the land.

So Commissioner Tony Gurley moved to scotch the original deal, and after some discussion, the board unanimously voted not to go ahead with the purchase.

Besides the title issues, some board members had earlier said they thought the price for the property was too high, and the site too small for a traditional school.

Staff writer Martha Quillin

N.C. teachers tops in nation for certification

North Carolina’s public school classrooms continue to lead the nation with the most teachers certified by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, according to results released Tuesday.

The state now has 19,799 National Board-certified teachers, accounting for almost one-fifth of the country’s total. More than 20 percent of the state’s teachers have this certification, which is considered the highest credential in the teaching profession.

Wake County is the top district in the nation, with 2,299 National Board-certified teachers. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system is third with 1,897.

Across the nation, there are 102,237 National Board-certified teachers.

The process is rigorous and voluntary. North Carolina teachers who achieve certification receive a salary supplement of 12 percent. From staff reports

System names new head of special education

The Wake County school board appointed the new head of special education last week.

Karen Hamilton was named assistant superintendent for special education services with a salary of $120,000. She has been senior director of counseling and student services since 2007.

Hamilton was also principal of Longview School, an alternative school in Raleigh, and worked in central office as a program specialist and later director of special education services.

Staff writer Keung Hui