Today marks the official end of the Del Burns era in the Wake County school system.
In announcing his resignation as superintendent on Feb. 16, Burns had set June 30 as his final day. He's been on paid administrative leave since March 9 following his public criticism of the school board majority and their plan to end of the diversity policy.
Aside from a few brief stints in the private sector and in the Pitt County school system, Burns has worked in Wake since 1976. He's been superintendent since July 1, 2006 after being hired by the old board to replace the retiring Bill McNeal.