The Orange County school board hired Todd Wirt on Monday to be its new superintendent, turning to an educator known for promoting digital learning.
Wirt is a 16-year educator who has been the assistant superintendent for academics for the Wake County school system since 2012. Wirt will start as superintendent on July 1 with a contract running through June 2019. His base salary is $157,841.
Former Mooresville High School principal Wirt was chosen from a field of 40 candidates. A district statement noted Wirt’s successful effort to give all Mooresville High students laptops that they could keep and take home with them.
In addition, school leaders cited Wirt’s experience with writing grants, working with diverse populations, and recruiting and developing leaders. The school board said that Wirt is “committed to honesty, equity and accountability” and “has been described as personable, cool under pressure.”
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“I am extremely honored and humbled by the opportunity to lead such an excellent school system,” Wirt said in a statement released by the Orange County school system. “Orange County Schools has a tradition of success that has been the foundation for a new strategic direction.”
Del Burns, a former Wake superintendent, has served as Orange’s interim superintendent since Gerri Martin resigned in May after less than eight months on the job. The district has about 7,600 students in 13 schools and an annual operating budget of $65 million.