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Wake County school system names new head of special education

The Wake County school board appointed the new head of special education and an interim principal on Tuesday.

Karen Hamilton was named assistant superintendent for special education services with a salary of $120,000. She's 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.

Martha McCaskill was named interim principal of East Wake School of Arts, Education and Global Studies in Wendell through Feb. 28. Before her retirement, she was the school's principal from 2007 to 2009.


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Wake County school board committee debates guaranteeing school spots for families who want to return

Should the Wake County school system hold spots at specific schools for families who say they're leaving but intend to return?

If a guarantee can be given, should it be limited only to families citing sabbaticals from universities or professional leave to go on unique job opportunities? Or should there be no guarantee for any family that leaves with Wake saying it will try, space permitting, to put them back at the same school when they return?

Those questions formed the heart of a lengthy discussion at Tuesday's school board policy committee meeting on whether not having base assignments in the new student assignment plan requires development of a family and professional leave policy.

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ED task force not touching student assignment

Don't look for the Wake County school board's economically disadvantaged student performance task force to be focusing on student assignment.

During Thursday's meeting, task force members and people from the audience were able to vote on up to three topics for the group to focus on. You could put all three of your dots on one issue or spread them out.

Among the leaders after the light voting was student assignment.


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