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Committee recommends changing policy for hiring superintendent

The Wake County school board is paving the way for it to be able to abandon the requirements it conduct an internal search first for superintendent and that the new hire have education experience.

The board's policy committee recommended today eliminating wording in policy that says they need to conduct an internal search before going with a national search. They also recommended dropping the requirement that the new superintendent have had three years experience in school work over the past 10 years to be hired.

Debra Goldman, chairwoman of the policy committee, said the changes shouldn't be interpreted as meaning they're not considering internal applicants or that they want a non-educator. She said the changes would give Wake the broadest possible field of candidates.


Committee recommends hiring Heidrick & Struggles for superintendent search

The Wake County school board's superintendent search committee has backed hiring Chicago-based Heidrick & Struggles to help conduct the search for a new search.

Heidrick & Struggles was backed Monday night over three cheaper firms. Heidrick is offering to do the search for $82,500 plus expenses while the N.C. School Boards Association was the cheapest at $15,000 plus expenses.

Debra Goldman, chairwoman of the board's superintendent search committee, said they were impressed by Heidrick & Struggles' expertise. Heidrick has been involved in superintendent searches such as Houston and Philadelphia.

"The Story" of Wake County school board member Debra Goldman

Wake County school board member Debra Goldman talks about what motivated her to run and what she thinks about life in a post-socioeconomic diversity district on today's edition of "The Story."

On "The Story," locally produced by WUNC and heard on National Public Radio stations across the country, Goldman argues that the use of socioeconomic diversity was failing the students. She points to the 54.2 percent graduation rate for low-income students.

Goldman gives an emphatic "no" when asked if she fears something will be lost by dropping the use of socioeconomic diversity. She's putting a lot of faith in the continued use of the magnet program to promote balance.

Recommending a search firm to find the next superintendent

There could be a recommendation tonight on which headhunter to hire to help the Wake County school board find a new superintendent to replace Del Burns.

The school board's superintendent search committee will interview tonight the last of the four firms who've submitted proposals. The other three firms were interviewed last week.

Debra Goldman, chairwoman of the search committee, said they may be in a position tonight to make a recommendation, which would still need to be approved by the full board. The committee could recommend one of the four firms or say they don't like any of them and ask for a new round of offers.

Committee recommends hiring search firm for superintendent

The Wake County school board's superintendent search committee voted 2-1 today to recommend hiring a search firm to help the district find a successor to Del Burns.

Committee chairwoman Debra Goldman and fellow committee member Chris Malone argued that board members lacked the experience to do the search on their own. But committee member Carolyn Morrison cited the cost of hiring a firm and said she’d prefer to first see if any internal applicants want the job.

Under board policy, the district must first look for internal applicants before conducting a national search. But even if the board stops with a local search, Goldman said the search firm can help them identify what characteristics they’re looking for in a new superintendent.

Debating eliminating diversity from the transfer policy

It seems as if Wake County school board members can't get into a discussion nowadays without mentioning socioeconomic diversity.

During today's policy committee meeting, Laura Evans, senior director for growth and planning, proposed eliminating wording in the student transfer policy that says "transfer requests that contribute to...greater socioeconomic...diversity may be approved."

The change is in line with the elimination of the SES references to the student assignment policy that the board is scheduled to give final approval to on Tuesday.

Reviewing transfer rules for student athletes

The Wake County school system may loosen up the guidelines allowing student athletes to transfer to other high schools.

During today's school board policy committee meeting, committee chairwoman Debra Goldman raised concerns about the section in the board's transfer policy that says transfer students may not be allowed to participate in high school athletics. If you get a transfer, you could potentially be barred from playing athletics for 365 days.

That section of policy is meant to prevent high schools from competing with each other for athletes. There have been scandals at schools in other districts over the issue.

Looking at the GOP questionnaires for the new school board members

By popular request, here's a post on the questionnaires that three of the four new Wake County school board members had filled out last spring when they asked for the endorsement of the Wake County Republican Party.

I've got the questionnaires for Debra Goldman, Chris Malone and John Tedesco. I don't have Deborah Prickett's questionnaire but she was also endorsed by the Wake GOP.

Critics of the board majority have used the questionnaires to argue that the new members have politicized the board. You guys can read and decide.

Debating a national search for superintendent

Here's a recap of today's first meeting of the Wake County school board's superintendent search committee.

It looks like a split is emerging between majority and minority members over whether to hire a search firm and to conduct a national search. Committee chairwoman Debra Goldman said it could cost $75,000 to $100,000 to pay a search firm to conduct a national search.

But Goldman and Chris Malone are arguing for hiring a firm and conducting a national search to bring the best possible candidate.

Taking extra steps to notify the reassigned Garner High families

Wake County school administrators are going to take extra steps to notify the Garner High families who were reassigned at the last minute this year to Southeast Raleigh High.

This extra heads up emerged during Tuesday's committee of the whole discussion about student transfer requests. Board vice chairwoman Debra Goldman, who backed the reassignment of the Garner High students, acknowledged that the students didn't get "a lot of notice," which drew snorts from the crowd.

Goldman asked if there was any way the district could provide those families with transportation considering they might not have cars. You typically lose bus service if your transfer request is approved.

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