The Wake Education Partnership will be looking for a new leader in the near future.
Ann Denlinger, the group's president, said she recently told the WEP board that it's time to start succession planning for her replacement. But Denlinger said no departure date has been set yet. She plans to stay on until her successor is named, which could take awhile.
Denlinger explained that when she took the WEP job in 2007 she told the group that she'd stay on for three to five years. After nearly three as WEP's president, Denlinger, 66, said she reminded the board of her earlier plans.
In a letter to the editor published Friday, Graham Marlette of Durham suggested that Wake hire Denlinger to replace Del Burns as superintendent. Denlinger was superintendent in Durham for several years after leaving Wake.
"The Wake board may not agree with her position on diversity, such as it is, but her commitment to student achievement is without question," Marlette writes.
The potential change at the top of the non-profit group comes as its role is channging. The WEP had been a strong advocate of many district policies back when the old school board was in charge, frequently defending Wake in its publications.
But now that the new school board majority has taken office, the WEP has often found itself raising questions about the new policies being considered and implemented. You can likely expect the WEP's white papers on reassignment and magnet schools being used by supporters of the diversity policy at the March 23 board meeting.