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Tony Tata on assignment plan, leadership academies and his job status

Here are a few more tidbits from today's press conference with Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata.

Tata said he's been reviewing capacity figures and thinks they can handle the requests from families who don't like the new feeder patterns. He said one thing they're still reviewing is the transitional capacity figures for schools.

“I feel like that where we have some of these points of concern that the parents that are proximate and feel that their feeder pattern may take them away, there is enough space for the numbers of students that want to get into their more proximate school,” Tata said. “Now will that happen in every case? We don’t know.”

New area superintendent and single-sex school principal named

Wake County school leaders have hired a new area superintendent and named the person who will lead a new single-sex school for male students.

On Tuesday, the school board hired Kevin Hobbs to fill the vacant position of Area Superintendent for Central Wake, covering a number of Raleigh schools in and around the Beltline. Hobbs has been the assistant superintendent for leadership and development in the Houston Independent School District since 2010.

Although Hobbs spent much of his career working in Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, he was a teacher at Garner High School from 1993 to 1995. His salary will be $120,000 a year.


Three principals appointed today

Three new Wake County principals were appointed at today's school board meeting.

Kerry Chisnall was named principal of Northwoods Elementary in Cary. He replaces Mary Swann, who left to become principal of East Cary Middle.

Chisnall has been an assistant principal at East Cary Middle since 2007. Before coming to Wake in 2001, he was a teacher in New Zealand. He will receive a salary of $73,943.


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